The Moon has featured in my landscapes for many years (since around 2005, I think!) but it’s been the solitary subject and focus of several different series of watercolour paintings since 2013. It’s a subject I never tire of painting and whenever I gaze out of the window and see the full moon shining brightly in the sky, I feel inspired to paint it yet again. Over the years I’ve often thought about painting huge moons on canvas - the others were much smaller works on paper - but I wasn’t sure how well it would work. I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I wanted to try this and the responses were so encouraging that I decided to start straight away! I’m calling this new series ‘Moonscape’ because some of the paintings will focus more closely on the lunar texture and will feature sections of the moon rather than the entire moon. There will be variety in the composition of the pieces throughout the series, and in all likelihood I’ll be painting on canvases of many different sizes too.
The painting you can see here in progress in the studio is ‘Moonscape 1’. It’s huge - for me! - at 36x36” / 91x91cm and although I have quite a way to go before it’s finished, I wanted to share it with you. I’m already enjoying working on this new series immensely, and feel excited to see how it develops!