All that glitters must surely be from Essex

All that glitters must surely be from Essex
Oil and glitter on canvas

Saturday, 11 May 2013

"Just give me Britain, so that I may paint it with your colours, but with my own brush."

After having spent a number of weeks researching, I made a start this week on my newest painting.  The preliminary sketch was completed on Monday.  The gateway of the Roman Wall at Colchester will be the focal point of the composition.  But as my previous post shows, there will be quite a lot of other images going into this piece.  The difficulty here is going to be how to lay it all out.

I want to create a really rich piece, with depth and layers.  2000 years in one painting is a lot, and if I get it wrong it could just look like a big mess.

The execution of this is going to take quite a while, especially in terms of the individual layers.  Letting one dry before being able to get on with the next.  I will be using a range of different materials on this; oil paint  varnish, gold leaf, paper, metallic flakes,and probably some other stuff too.

I am really looking forward to this one, I just have to wait a couple more weeks until payday so that I can get the canvas.
Last time I posted I had a very talented lady Anni Howard get in touch with me, who uses the history of the area as inspiration for her knitted pieces.  A very interesting read at

As always the progress of my new painting will be posted here and in more detail on my website at so keep visiting to see how it goes.  In terms of composition, it's going to be the most complex piece I've painted in a number of years and size-wise I want it to be grand in stature, perhaps the biggest painting I will have worked on since Art college...I just hope I can fit it in my studio space, it's only wee!!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the link. I'm looking forward to seeing how your piece progresses - I was just there on Wednesday. :)