There is such catharsis with condemning a painting, watching it being smothered by layers of gesso. I do not mourn its disappearance or the hours of labour given to it. I love the opportunity of beginning again. Like a lover that fell out of favour, you recognise the mistakes that were, move on and vow not to succumb to those errors again. 


Zinc White

Payne's Grey

Burnt Umber

Ultramarine Blue

Permanent Sap Green


Alazarin Crimson

Yellow Ochre Deep

Raw Sienna



With each brushstroke, we add or subtract, create or decay, clarify or abstract. 

Notes to self:

  • Lost and found edges
  • Merging
  • Abstraction
  • Light and dark
  • Flats
  • Limit palette 3/4
  • Pick the battle line
  • Subtle shifts in hue to maintain critical elements
  • Maintain the balance between key shapes. Watch for overcompensation.
  • Curvature
  • Surface and form