Well, I had it in mind to fill a sketchbook with finished small paintings – not sketches as such, but as finished drawings and paintings. It took me about two months to do all 21. I then had to write in all the commentary on each one (some background to why I painted it and what it is) and then to do a title page and an index and also write title and author in white gel pen on the black cover.
I think it worked out quite well and while I still don’t really know what the point is of it all, I like what I’ve produced and will see it as a marker of what I did at this stage of my life.
Here is a video of the finished book
All the paintings can be seen on my Instagram account @tom_cunliffe_art
When I had finished it I felt as though I never wanted to do it again – towards the end it felt a little fussy and laborious, but within four days of finishing it I had a great desire to start another one and have now done three paintings for it. Here they are (click on any image to see it larger)