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Monday, 25 June 2012


Stump K Howell 2012 (tiny study) Pastel on Paper
Torrential rain last week and now the sky is a careless, indifferent grey. Maybe that's what I like about living here. The unpredictable, intense flashes of sunshine that never last, but are more interesting for their infrequency. Well, it's a theory.

I've painted this stump before - it looks totally different now, having entirely shed its bark. It's looking more vulnerable and exposed. Fibrous. I suppose what caught my eye was the dance of supple limbs around the ragged remains. An intricate, rented world momentarily brightened.

Moving on with some larger acrylics which are building slowly, but hopefully will be ready for a tiny local exhibition next month. They are twin paintings, exploring paint application and dancing with the devil in the detail, it seems. We'll see what emerges.


  1. wow-this jumped out at me while wading through the onslaught of facebook posts-taken in initially by the colour and design but on closer inspection so much more-love the way you see stumps and limbs-how tiny is this?

  2. Hi Jan. It's more thumb than thumbnail, but still small at 9 cm x 5.5 cm ish. It's fun to play with scale... Are you missing the Irish rain yet?