I have painted quite a few women in hats now and the Summer Hat which is currently showing at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair is one such painting.
Stella in Flowered Hat Kees van Dongen NGI
I first conceived the idea forthis composition, when I was in the National Gallery of Ireland looking at the painting Stella by Kees van Dongen which is exhibited alongside a Bonnard and my favorite favourite painting, Girl with ribbon by Gabriele Munter.Stella is a sensuous painting with loose expressionistic marks resembling the work of Matisse.It is highly charged and utterly arresting, with such a dramatic division of the picture plane, top third hat, middle section face, bottom third neck and shoulders.She reminded me of a vase of flowers, and so inspired, I painted my first two versions of girls in hats, one of them was for my Pastoral Collection 2009.
Rococo Rhododendrums 122x92cm oil on canvas
This time I was inspired by my daughter Becky, who is a manic blogger and had put up a post with herself in this floppy 1970’s inspired straw hat.The girl’s dress is based on a Chinese vase, to further play on the similarities to one of my flower paintings, the background is a group of silver birch trees that grow near to my house.I love all the shadows and greens that hats do to faces, it just makes complete sense to me, not that I need any excuse to paint a face green!! But a bit of logic always makes me feel less alone in my eccentricities.
A walk in Avondale 71x71cm oil on canvas and below Walking in Avondale from my Pastoral Collection 2009 71x71cm oil on canvas