Parrish at Peace

The Inspiration:

My ever growing portfolio of genre and associated paintings have been inspired by Art Galleries, Commissioners, the public making suggestions and my own passion for creating fine art from the heart. Coupled with this my interests in Music, Science, Science Fiction and Astronomy are reflected through many luminaries that I believe in and have painted in a surreal style of artwork.  An optimist and a traditionalist by nature, I like to reflect a feeling of optimism in my artwork.

See painting above ‘Why Beauty Matters’

I mostly work from photographic material, sometimes published, in which case I will change the look of the finished painting in some way to avoid copyright. I am often inspired by looking at photographs.

Most of my artwork has been developed from sketches, including my surreal compositions. These were inspired by looking at words and lyrics composed by various luminaries. From this I was able to visualize my thoughts in my minds eye and interpret it into a sketch.

The canal scenes and some of my railway scene paintings are created from my own photographs. However when creating a period scene, I will do some research and change the look of a painting to suit the period.

My main focus is The Warwick Collection which portrays various buildings in Warwick painted in black and white oil paints. They were commissioned by the Mitchell Gallery from 2009, based in Warwick.(UK)

This style of painting evolved through developing my black and white monochrome style in recent years through Warwick Studios Gallery in Royal Leamington Spa after the turn of the century.

The Warwick Collection is on display at The Michell Gallery in Warwick at 2 Church Street. Telephone 01926 408787.

My paintings were created from sketches developed from taking my own photographs during the day and at night.

 See The Warwick School Project below as an example.

The Warwick School Project from Inception to Canvas:

Warwick School in Myton Road, Warwick is a challenging piece of architecture to paint and it was commissioned by the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick during 2011.

To create this painting, the Gallery and I, decided on a stretched canvas size of 36in x 24in to give the maximum impact of the look of the building.

I was given colour and black and white photographs of the School taken by a professional photographer to use as a reference guide along with my prepared sketch.

The surface of the canvas had already been prepared by the Gallery with a coat of Gesso primer Paint. So now it was ready to work on.

I first prepared the outline faintly on the canvas by using a soft pencil and carefully following the layout of my sketch. Then carefully measuring up by ratio sizes from the photographs to gain a degree of accuracy.  At this stage, I was working on my drawing board, which I used to use as a Draftsman in my former career.

Using water based oils, I applied thin layers of grey paint, adding in liquin and water, which helped spread the paint more evenly on the canvas.

Once the form, outlines of the school were complete or thereabouts, I began to paint in the foreground, with the grass and gravel drive by constantly referring to the good quality photographs I had been given.

The sky tones were added last, by using liquin, water and a fan brush to help spread the paint evenly.

At this stage, I moved the painting onto my easel. By looking at the painting from a distance, I began to eye in fine detail, again closely observing the look and lighting of the school on the photographs.

Once these stages were complete , two layers of paint had been added, including the sky, at this point.

To achieve final effects, I added in highlights where necessary to help ‘lift’ the painting and bring it to life.

The overall time span was over a period of about six weeks, working between other commitments and projects.