chasing the light …

Two new artworks from my current series ‘Towards the Light’…

See previous posts Towards the Light and Shadow & Light which explain the inspiration for these.

I’m still thinking up a title for the first one below, which I only finished today. That glorious plum colour in the shadows is a glaze using an Inktense block I bought a few days ago, the first time I’ve used them (although I do use the Inktense pencils for sketching).


Untitled, Mari French 2013

I’ve entered the first two of this series (Flight, shown below, and Towards the Light, shown on earlier post) into the National Open Art Competition, so fingers crossed! If they don’t get through I’ll be trying them in other open competitions – I think they’re some of my strongest works.

These are a bit of a departure from my usual landscape work, as regular visitors to my blog and followers of my work will realise. I’m enjoying working on them.

All Acrylic/ink/mixed media on watercolour board, approx 20 x 30 inches.

Flight, Mari French 2013

towards the light …

This is the first in a set of paintings I’m working on, influenced by recent photographic images I took in the ancient stone passages and spiral staircase of a local medieval castle keep (see previous post ‘Shadow & light’) …

I’m so excited by this… what I have in mind is evoking the sensation of moving towards the light, through the palimpsest of time, stone and decay that have created this beautiful space.

(Acrylic/ink/charcoal on watercolour board, approx 20 x 30 inches.)

Towards the light © Mari French 2013

Towards the light © Mari French 2013

up and running …

Here I am at last, captured in the lovely ‘new’ studio …

and ready for action.

It now has a good run of worktops and cupboards, some cracking drawer units from ikea (ideal for paper and prints) and a nice little space for a chair and my books where I can enjoy a brew.

We got the press up here today, since these were taken, so I can get practising on my collagraphs soon, hopefully!


© Paul Campbell


© Paul Campbell

Hayloft studio

© Paul Campbell


You can see where we’ve covered up the interesting roof with dust sheets in an attempt to prevent any bits dropping from the roof space. It also helps the space to heat up a bit (via a calor gas heater).

It’s all a bit clean and uncluttered just now … but that won’t last long!


© Paul Campbell


Hayloft studio

© Paul Campbell

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Paul Campbell.