Peter Archer's beautiful and atmospheric realism appears to be gradually dissolving into a mist of storm and sea. The careful (and clearly time-consuming) rendering of some of his earlier work (see my previous post) has given way to a more impressionistic approach. But this is not simply a more immediate or quicker approach to image making. Rather it is a careful and systematic exploration of the image itself, trying to eke out it's surprises. He is not trying to define the scene's essence but explore its possibilities. One painting on his website is dated 2004-2008 which gives you an idea of the potential difficulty in "finishing" such a work. Fortunately for us he does.
see more at peterarcher.net
"Naval Vessel: Sea Fog" 24x30" 2009
"The Clemenceau, winter" 36x48" 2009
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"Swollen river (umber) 12x20" 2008
"Pipe entering the sea" 20x36" 2008
"Northern upland, snow remnants" 35.5x51cm