Original Paintings By James Bartholomew
“YOU SHOULD PAINT LIKE A MAN COMING OVER THE TOP OF THE HILL SINGING” American painter Robert Henri
While my paintings cover several subjects, the approach is fairly consistant. The way I paint is quite energetic, with gestural, spontaneous marks and sweeping strokes. Since many of the subjects I choose are ‘moving’ (sea, skies, animals), the marks hopefully convey some of this motion and energy and give the paintings their liveliness.
I work on a comparatively large scale (typically 70cm x 50cm or bigger) which allows for a loose approach. Much smaller and I find the process becomes a bit fiddly! I work in pastel & watercolour together, the mediums soon becoming mixed up. The pastel will sometimes get wet and moved around within the paint, becoming simply a pigment. Other times it is used over the top of the dry paint. Through this method, the vibrancy can be reintroduced with the pastels and the painting can be changed at any stage. This leaves plenty of room to experiment on the surface without worrying about spoiling the painting, which I find quite liberating.
I like paintings to be cheerful so my subjects are usually things that I find interesting and uplifting in one way or another.