Red Summer’s Day


In this painting I wanted to capture the story of the dazzle and shimmer of hot midday heat. This is the kind of heat where all you desire is to lay down awhile, on the cool summer grass and catch a breeze. Stay still and summon the landscape of a red summer’s day.

Today I stood awhile in front of William Scott’s Ocean. A large rectangular canvas of midnight blue, divided into panes with strokes of white. There are circles and squares beneath the surface, there are distressed patches of pink. Parts are reminiscent of a child’s early mark making, attempts to represent a person. Alan Bowness tells us that he has daily sat at his desk, looking at this painting, for some fifty years. Despite the repeated attention there remains an air of mystery for him that keeps him hooked.


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