I've been working on two new paintings this week, inspired by reflections on water. A theme I keep coming back to again and again. I seem to be endlessly intrigued by how patterns and images shimmer and transform when water is their mirror.
For those of you who know my work, you will know I have an enduring love affair with multiple layers, shiny shimmering elements, dashes, splashes and dancing dots. Somehow reflections on water satisfy all my obsessions for shifting shapes and magical hidden depths.
Below are the two paintings that I've been working on called Mirror Water and Mirror Water Two. They are made by adding multiple layers of paint on canvas. When I say multiple I mean multiple, probably about 15 layers. The first painting started off like this..
And developed into this:
This one off painting is now available in my shop.
A little rummage through my art archives showed just how often I come back to this theme. I often use watercolour as the medium. I think there is a lovely synchronicity between the subject and this type of paint, the way water flows and ebbs on the paper creating unexpected colours and shapes with the paint. Here are some more of my paintings which have been based on this theme:
There are some beautiful lakes/ponds in my local park and I love the way throughout the year the reflections of the trees morph and change as the seasons come and go.