Flotsam & Jetsam & Lagan 4

Mixed Media on Paper – Mounted & Framed 48 x 39cm – Image size 25 x 17.5cm

Flotsam is the floating wreckage of a ship, or its cargo or floating debris washed up by the tide. Jetsam and lagan were items thrown overboard to lighten a ship. Lagan was distinguished from jetsam by having a buoy attached so the goods could be found if they sank. Getting rid of flotsam in your home was a virtuous activity even before the pandemic, when lockdowns gave millions plenty of time to take a hard look at their stuff.

This artwork started off life as one experimental screen print. I chopped the paper into four and added collected studio paraphernalia and paint. Referencing the beauty of watery places and unexplored precious environments there is so much more to be discovered and to be done to prevent them from becoming polluted beyond recovery. Making artworks from my studio stuff accords this ‘rubbish’ a place for now, rather than ending up in oceans or rivers.

Growing up in Northern Ireland near Belfast through which the River Lagan flows, the word lagan stirs up memories good and bad and I love that a buoy is attached to prevent sinking. My internal flotsam & jetsam & lagan load is lightened by the peace I experience creating works of art.

Flotsam & Jetsam & Lagan 1

Mixed Media on Paper – Mounted & Framed 48 x 39cm – Image size 25 x 17.5cm

Flotsam is the floating wreckage of a ship, or its cargo or floating debris washed up by the tide. Jetsam and lagan were items thrown overboard to lighten a ship. Lagan was distinguished from jetsam by having a buoy attached so the goods could be found if they sank. Getting rid of flotsam in your home was a virtuous activity even before the pandemic, when lockdowns gave millions plenty of time to take a hard look at their stuff.

This artwork started off life as one experimental screen print. I chopped the paper into four and added collected studio paraphernalia and paint. Referencing the beauty of watery places and unexplored precious environments there is so much more to be discovered and to be done to prevent them from becoming polluted beyond recovery. Making artworks from my studio stuff accords this ‘rubbish’ a place for now, rather than ending up in oceans or rivers.

Growing up in Northern Ireland near Belfast through which the River Lagan flows, the word lagan stirs up memories good and bad and I love that a buoy is attached to prevent sinking. My internal flotsam & jetsam & lagan load is lightened by the peace I experience creating works of art.

Brighter Day

Acrylic on Paper & Mounted Image 12.5 x 18 cm

A cheery little painting completed at the same time as A LOVELY DAY was a continuance of the feeling
that life was going to become normal once more and to me is a bright little ray of optimism.

Daydream

Acrylic on Canvas Board 42.5 x 60 cm

Soft pale colours punctuated with brighter highlights combine to suggest a dreamy, far away romantic landscape
inviting the onlooker to relax and imagine a gentle, peaceful and beautiful world.

The Rising of the Storm

Acrylic on Canvas 91 x 61 cm

Painted using fluid thin layers of ink and acrylic paint overlaid with thickly applied acrylic using a palette knife this image reminds me of wild exhilarating walks along the shore where I grew up. Ambling home from school and squealing in delight as the breakers crashed over the rocks soaking my friends, and me! All our polished black school shoes were rimmed with white salt from dried sea water.
Shoe cleaning with thick black polish was a common chore.

Two verses of the poem ‘The Rising of the Storm’, after which I titled of my painting, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
make me smile and recall those youthful carefree days.

Now the winds well up
From the earth’s deep cup,
And fall on the sea and shore,
And against the pier
The waters rear
And break with a sullen roar.

And the waters leapt,
And the wild winds swept,
And blew the moon in the sky,
And I laughed with glee,
It was joy to me
As the storm went raging by!

You Set Me On Fire!

Acrylic on Canvas 91 x 91cm
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Painted after a long time away from my studio, during 2020 and 2021, I am finding my creative flow again. This painting is my first recently completed work and as such expresses the fire within me, reawakening my passion and my need to find time to do the thing that makes me feel alive.

And Then This Happened…

Acrylic on Canvas 50 x 50 cm

A painting comes together when I pour paint and random shapes and colour mixes occur. I manipulate areas and paint over unsuccessful parts and this time this happened – a bright and breezy shock of colour alluding to fresh growth and Springtime ahead.