Wish I Was Here
122 x 229 x 5cm triptych
oil on canvas (each canvas measures 122 x 76cm)
A large triptych of me floating in the North Sea, something I do at least once a week, taking photos with a waterproof camera. I love to float on the waves after my swim letting the cold water swill me around, feeling its energy and power. My photos often capture extraordinary distortions of which this painting is a celebration of. The title refers to my desire to go to the sea every day, which I do not get to do, but also my meditation practice of being in the present which is hard to reach sometimes.
I wanted to convey the joy I feel while bobbing in the sea. Photos are used as an initial source and at a certain inexplicable moment I discard the photos and go with the paint upon the surface, letting it dictate the direction and colours of the painting.
Painted over three canvases which join to make the whole. Neatly painted white edges.