Sir William Wilberforce looking out over Hull, again.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016 at 21:22

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I’ve been working on a couple of large (3 X 4 foot-something canvasses). The exact dimensions have been determined by the efficiencies of dividing how to cut up store-bought lengths of 2×4 wood for stretchers by what can fit into the car. 

For previous paintings in this cityscape series I’ve been very influenced by Euan Uglow’s theories of canvas proportion and have thought about and tried golden section (5:8 ) and root two (1: 1.4 something )….  but the size of the car is absolute. The car, I hasten to admit is not mine …more on this (Euan Uglow, a sense of proportion, why poets tend not to drive, and why I haven’t driven since attending driver re-education school in Doncaster several years ago) – soonish… or laterish.

Meanwhile, I’ve returned to the statue of William Wilberforce overlooking Queen’s Gardens from the tower at Hull College. I did a few paintings of this statue early on in this project, and one of them appears on this website’s pages. This one’s not quite right yet and this little picture (I’m limited to 400 pixels width) can’t quite give much more than a sense, but I hope it catches something of what I’m trying to do with the cityscapes.

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