The influence of Peter Lanyon, and the impact of the Study Day about his gliding paintings (see posts for 1 and 29 November), overtly appear in a new painting made during December despite all my intentions ‘not to do a Lanyon’. It is not a copy of a Lanyon but I used on a small scale some of his modes of expression e.g. using red to represent the aircraft, in trying to convey some of my sensations, physical and visual, experienced in glider, light aircraft and hot-air balloon. This personal element makes the painting at least ‘honest’ but it is in no sense original.
NB the painting makes no attempt to express my sheer terror when ‘inspecting’ Buenos Aires from the air in a doorless, seat-less, low-flying clapped-out military helicopter with a teenage driver in fatigues (don’t ask): that would require a full-on Goya-esque masterpiece, sadly not available in this studio.
I know I used this studio image in my preceding blog but I now sense the painting is in fact not yet finished; though at the very least it suggests there is perhaps more to Xmas than a turkey – unless it is one.
It can ‘cook’, just like a real one, for however long it takes (for ‘cooking’ paintings, see post for 10 June).