Oakland Park House

Today has brought to a conclusion a series of paintings based on Oaklands Park House. These are the paintings which have been inspired by the house:

The Safe Room Mixed media 1000x1200mm

The Safe Room
Mixed media 1000x1200mm


Oaklands Basement 2 Oil on canvas 1000x1000mm

Oaklands Basement 2
Oil on canvas 1000x1000mm


Oaklands Basement 3  Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm

Oaklands Basement 3
Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm


Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas 1000x1000mm

Henty’s Stairs


Oaklands 4 Oil on canvas 400x800mm

Oaklands 4
Oil on canvas 400x800mm


These are two of the paintings in situ. We are not the First, hangs in the main entrance area to the house and is the first thing that you see on entering the house.
We are not the First, hanging in entrance hall

We are not the First, hanging in entrance hall


Time lapse video of starting the painting in the basement
This smaller painting was very much inspired by Basil Beattie’s work on doors and the Roman god Janus, who is the god of doorways and looks forward and behind. The basement space where I was drawing and painting has a doorway at each end of a dark corridor and I wanted to depict this in at least one of my paintings. Only today, Jim Macey, who works in Oaklands Park House, has shown me that in the core room of the house, behind the entrance hall where my painting Basement 3 now hangs, is a depiction of Janus in the decoration on the fireplace.
Basement 4 Oaklands Park House

Basement 4 Oaklands Park House


Basement 4 Oaklands Park House reflections

Basement 4 Oaklands Park House reflections


This final photo is taken via the mirrors in that core room, so that we are ourselves looking ahead and also behind us.

Residency

I’m very excited to have been selected to be the artist in residence at Chichester Festival Theatre during the 2015 season. This will bring to a close my work in Oaklands Park House, which has been a significant step in my journey. I have had the opportunity to work in and respond to a specific environment and continue my exploration of stairs and doorways. The basement area has proved to be the most interesting (and worrying) place to be working. I started with drawings and then spent a day in the basement painting. The painting developed further, back in the studio. As is often the case with my paintings, it was turned through 90 degrees part way through. I also painted out a chunk of the painting, prior to this turn.

Basement Pipes Charcoal on paper

Basement Pipes
Charcoal on paper


Oaklands Basement 1

Oaklands Basement 1


Oaklands Basement 3  Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm

Oaklands Basement 3
Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm


This is the painting which was done in situ.
The theatre residency begins in mid March.

Oaklands Park House Basement

This was my painting after a couple of hours down in the basement – partly spent setting up the workspace and also the video recording, which I hope to upload to Vimeo when the editing is complete.

Oaklands Basement Painting Day

Oaklands Basement Painting Day


Shortly after this photo was taken I turned the painting through 90 degrees and painted out about 25% of the area with white paint in order to give myself something to resolve after a short break. The painting has remained (so far) as a landscape image.
This is a time-lapse video of some of the time that I was painting: You will need the password FAM6 to watch the clip.