Beached Boats, Mixed media, 14 x 22.5 in.
Harbour Cottages Cornwall, Mixed media , 15 x 19.5inMike Bernard whose work I also saw at Marine House at Beer for the second time. His collage painting style using paper cuttings attracted me because it uses elements similar to my own technique. Layers and texture immediately draw me in. His paper applications appear to be used to create an overall structure for the composition and then he paints into it using various levels of detail. I enjoy his work that is more abstracted with less colour, where texture and subtle hints tell the story. These quick introduction gives you a sense of his work.
Morning Grand Canal, Venice , Mixed media, 18 x 24 in.
Venetian Doorway, Mixed media, 15 x 17 in.
Venice, my favourite city in the world which is currently being challenged by Prague, also offers great subject matter for his work. If you're interested there's a short YouTube video about this series.
Feeling like getting away from it all to paint? Mike Bernard also offers self catering cottages at Nutcombe and there's a studio. This is news for me. Oh the missed opportunities from my past two visits to Devon. I'm feeling a holiday coming up.....
And last but not least, I've enjoyed reading his book available at Amazon.
Hopefully, I've written about something that strikes your fancy. Let me know.