Aside from writing for Artpromotivate, I have been striving to finish a few oil paintings. These are considerably smaller than my artwork of the past, but still quite large – most measuring 18 X 24 inches. Included here are a few quick snapshots of those paintings. I will be photographing some print quality images soon, and will display them online as well.
There are two main themes I am working on at the moment – a series of psychological, emotional (and therapeutic) paintings based on personal feelings of joy, pain, regret, love, etc. This is actually the type of work I did years ago (especially in my drawings), and am returning to once again. The other theme relates to traditional images of fish, icebergs, fishing boats, etc. – but painted in my own unique style, with underlying symbology.
Deliverence © Graham Matthews
Oil on canvas, 18X24” (nearing completion)
This painting initially began as a sketch of two seagulls, one at the bottom with its wings outspread, and the other in flight at the top. Though still partly recognizable, the original sketch has been changed dramatically.
I still may have a bit of work to do here, to bring out some of the forms, and make others recede. I find that this effect (along with movement) helps to draw the viewer into the composition and explore.
Incandescence © Graham Matthews
Oil on Canvas, 16 X 20”
Incandescence is the emitting of light from something that is hot. It can also mean a high amount of intensity or emotion.
Some have told me that they see something different every time they look at one of my paintings. This is actually my intention, and I sometimes notice certain elements myself when looking at paintings of the past.
Violated © Graham Matthews
Oil on Canvas, 18 X 24” (unfinished)
This painting went through several transformations to arrive at what you see here… and I still do not consider it finished. I won’t be making any big changes to the composition from now on, but will be working on bringing depth to the painted space.
This painting symbolizes a highly emotional state of inner pain and turmoil.
Liberation © Graham Matthews
Oil on Canvas, 18 X 24 (unfinished)
It’s interesting sometimes how my compositions evolve. This painting actually began from a photograph of my step daughter gazing out at the ocean. I will probably show the photo when I post the painting at my art blog after completion.
Mackerel © Graham Matthews
Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 (unfinished)
Since the popularity of my painting Capelin Run, I have decided to create a series of fish themed paintings. Each of these are of different species of fish – ones that I am quite familiar with from my years working at a fish plant.
This painting of a school of mackerel emphasizes the two most noticeable features – the patterns on the fish and the eyes.
Cod © Graham Matthews
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 (unfinished)
Cod is another popular fish in Newfoundland. Once upon a time the bays around this province were teaming with cod, but they aren’t as plentiful now. Jigging cod during the food fishery is now a common practice.
The photo reference for this painting was a fish tub filled with cod during the cod fishery last summer.
Capelin © Graham Matthews
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 (unfinished)
The photo reference here was of capelin on a flake.
I still have a lot of painting time on this one before completion.
In the Limelight © Graham Matthews
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 (nearing completion)
(will be explained at a later time)
Sunset © Graham Matthews
Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 (unfinished)
The composition here involves a sunset between two trees. I plan on having the tree branches intertwining.
As you can see, I still have a lot of unfinished work here (I also have unfinished paintings besides these). I thought it was time to show some of these online. Actually, I’m glad I did… because I can see them from a different perspective on my computer monitor before I get back to painting.
This is the first time I have displayed any of these paintings anywhere!
If you want to see more paintings by me, please visit my art blog Graham Matthews Art, and this post: In progress paintings