The Winter's Tale
31.5” x 23.5” (80 x 60 cm) / Oil on gessoed panel / £5000
Was it February this year when the ice storm came? It gripped our postcode on a Wednesday and stayed for ten days or more. The ‘Beast from the East’ the press called it. I haven’t felt so frozen since I got the cold shoulder from the RA Summer Exhibition. My objective in the painting was to try to capture the cold. The nickname, ‘The Beast’, hung around in the media. A more accurate title from my standpoint would have been, ‘The View from the Loo’, for that’s the scene I painted. The title I settled on eventually was, ‘The Winter’s Tale’. A tad more poetic with an added touch of - as they say in the ad world - quality by association.
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