SOLD “New Promise”

a picture created using coloured pencil and embossing techniques by Philip McMullen

£500 plus postage and packing

New promise by Philip McMullen

“He [Noah] waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth”  Genesis 8:10-11

“When I was encouraged to make new works for this exhibition, I gladly took the challenge up. It focused the mind. I started with this expressionist styled allusion to the Flood receding, with the dove and flames symbolizing the Holy Spirit. 

The waves are heavily influenced by the Japanese printmaker, Hokusai’s view of Mount Fuji. Having said that, I tried to show a hint of menace in the turbulent water; the waves almost reaching up to the dove in claw like-fashion. The sky is bright and colourful, but not yet completely settled after the great storms. The dove is completed with an almost filigree effect, describing the light feathers on the white paper without addition of colour.

When I took it for framing the assistant was quite taken aback…. she thought it was gouache and said “I didn’t know coloured pencils could give this finish.”  I was gratified by that response.”  Philip


Philip explains his creative process for this and two other paintings produced for the 2020 “New Originals” exhibition-

This picture is created using coloured pencil on Bristol Board. The size of the picture itself is 36cm by 30cm. The framed size is 63cm by 56cm.

The picture is triple mounted with a thin dark blue layer to accentuate colours in the picture. The frame is white and slightly sculptured.

New Promise, framed

New Promise by Philip McMullen, framed

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