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

shadow & light …


shadow and light,

a fan of steps,

a stone vertebrae,

spiralling towards the sky

or plunging to earth.

spill of indigo, ochre, charcoal,

a symphony of grace.

steps worn smooth by the tread of centuries;

emerging into the sunshine of another day

or the dark chamber of another night.

Copyright Mari French


Copyright Mari French


Copyright Mari French


Copyright Mari French


Copyright Mari French


 (Impressions of the 12th century keep of Castle Rising, Norfolk.

Photos and text, copyright Mari French)