Friday, 1 May 2015

The Anticipation

'Cargo', oil on canvas, 60 x 90cms, 2015
I have completed these two paintings in the last few weeks. Things seem to be getting a bit bolder and more expressive, particular in the handling and the colour. I’m also currently creating a brand new website that will replace this one soon, which is looking so out of date now.  I’m going to be including more records of all my paintings over the last twenty or so years, so it will be much more extensive than this one and hopefully feel a bit more generous. It’s been a lot of fun putting it together so far and a bit of a journey selecting all the older work. It’s interesting to see the connections across the newer stuff with the work I was making in my twenties. Anyway, you obviously can’t really know what I’m talking about until I launch it in a couple of weeks. All will be revealed…
'Under The Bridge', oil on canvas, 120 x 120cms, 2015

This is keeping me busy and I’ve put my brushes down for a bit of a break from the studio. I’ve felt really involved in these truck paintings lately and need a breather. The forthcoming election is also occupying my thoughts a great deal, and at this point in time doing my head in, as they say.

In between this I’m enjoying reading Richard Ford’s ‘The Sportswriter’ (published 1986). I’m finding I relate to the character of Frank Bascombe, our erstwhile writing of sporting events, a great deal, which is not all good if you have read the book, but not however, in his loss of what he describes as ‘the anticipation’: this being ‘the sweet pain to know whatever’s next- a must for any real writer’. When he lost his own desire aged 25 he happily decided to apply his skills to being a sportswriter instead, to him, a more jobbing and businesslike profession, which replaced this sense of loss for the anticipation in the routine of writing articles and reviews. Whilst looking back over all the work I have done in painting whilst constructing this website it’s clear I have never lost the anticipation myself, and have spent most of my adult life continually wrestling with the ‘sweet pain’.

However, I think I have lost the anticipation with writing this blog in the last few months, and wonder with the launch of the new website whether it is time to call it a day…


Erik Bartlam said...

I'm just glad to know somebody else takes pleasure in Tractor Trailers.

I live on the road for my job...I spend as many hours on the interstate as I do my own bed. It's a joy to see a bright orange cab go by pulling an aqua colored trailer with big maroon letters splayed across it.

I love these.

shaun morris said...

Thanks. That means a lot. I've been wondering whether these paintings might appeal to any truckers