It has taken a long time to reduce the level of detail in my work whilst still portraying the various qualities that I want to show within the subject of each painting and this is an ongoing process that will take me into the future.
In a realistic approach to painting the edges of objects and shapes are drawn and are important. This is replaced in a painterly approach by making the relationship of shapes and colours more important than their edges or outlines resulting in a style where brush strokes and colour masses attempt to express the painted subject rather than accuracy through outlines. The viewer is able to fill in any lack of detail. The painterly result is a looser more impression of the subject rather that a realistic photographic portrayal.
Paintings can contain a mixture of both styles. I feel that the most painterly pictures I have managed to achieve so far are Armericao De Pera, Portugal and Sidmouth cliffs.
I hope you enjoy my efforts in trying to achieve this painting style.