Since making the ballot box piece, I have been considering painting as three dimensional, not just two. It is early days and there are a lot of things I want to try. So far, I have begun a very long piece on Chinese paper; it is at a very early stage, just white tally marks using gouache looking very ethereal. I think I will continue with this using water colours and gouache, possibly ink, but I change my mind frequently when I am at this stage, with my head full of thoughts about the possibilities.
I have also bought a new stash of paper ready for when I have time to make some prints, lovely off white Somerset 300 gm.
Another experiment I'm trying is to paint on a series of 2' x 2' ply boards, which I have hinged using canvas strips, (drilling through such thin board to screw metal hinges onto it would not have been possible). I have several sections, and I am currently painting on two hinged sections (four boards). One possibility is to place the two pieces together like a concertina, thinking about my Chinese sketchbook that was accepted by Rabley. Another, one I am leaning towards, is to stack the two sections, one on top of the other. They are remarkably stable actually, so I don't think I will need additional fixings and anyway, I rather like the idea of an interchangeable painting. I have only begun painting on one side of the boards so far; I intend to paint both sides, to create interesting juxtapositions of colour, mark making and angles. This has made me quite excited, even though it is early days.
Always the ideas remain the same; the passage of time, seasons, memory and loss. All the works are in progress: