Horses racing. The aim of this painting is to capture movement and life via energetic brushstrokes and wise placement of colour.
Yesterday I couldn't settle because of the situation with our elderly dog Taffy. Whilst he slept on and off during the day I painted but at this time the thought of painting flowers or a still life really didn't appeal to me. I was restless and finding it very hard to sit still. And so I found myself stood in front of a large board and a full sheet of white paper imagining what would work best on it. I chose horse racing as a subject and allowed my imagination to place the subjects in my composition and these begged for certain colours, brushstrokes and many sections left to the viewers imagination.
Normally when I work on horse racing scenes my focus is on the jockeys but this time I became totally engrossed with the horses. I didn't want to paint them in fine detail as for me just the suggestion they are there is enough. I am working on a series for a galleries at the moment. I rarely say I like a painting I have completed but the development of this one is quite special in that I have felt I am crossing yet another step in experimentation as new ideas have come into play with my techniques. My aim at catching a sense of life in my work is beginning to take a new direction and it really is very exciting.
Today is a new day and a new piece of white paper is calling me.