If you are interested in learning more about the British artist Patrick Heron (1920-1999) a good book to start with would be Patrick Heron St Ives Artists by Michael McNay. It gives a good overview to the life and work of this Cornwall artist. It is a small book, 80 pages, but contains many illustrations, most in colour.
Another interesting book is Patrick Heron: Early and Late Garden Paintings, by Andrew Wilson. It is an exhibition catalog for an exhibition at Tate St Ives in 2001.
Both are published by the Tate.
I have a new painting under way. I was interested in the colour and texture of some old stone carvings on the steps of Charlottetown’s Basilica. The effects of pollution and weather have created an almost painterly effect. I was hoping to use these stones as a basis for the colour structure in a painting.
I have reached that difficult early period when I can imagine were I want the painting to go, but I have the suspicion that I’m not going to get there. The under painting is complete, and though I was expecting to go in a different direction, I find the work I have done so far interesting. I like the discord in the colour and find it very puzzling. It suggests a different direction.
I was going to almost completely cover the under painting and have it show through in an almost delicate way. But I very much like the harshness.
What to do, what to do?