Making landscape art in 2020
Updated: 25 Mar 2020 (Amended 27 Mar).
Well, what about 2020? After the storms, a new reason to stay home.
I've been restricting my contact with others for some weeks already. Not because of exotic travel, but concerns about parents and infectiousness.
Artist's are naturally reclusive
Well, not all artists are given to self-isolation. Artists come in many shades and flavours.
There are more artist's groups, clubs and networks than you can shake a stick at. Most artists I know are a member of at least one. (I'm not)
There's a myth about artists. It's a picture of an artist locked away in their studio obsessed with their current artwork. It's an accurate image of me much of the time, I have to say.
The rest of the time, I'm out sketching in some remote corner of a landscape, by a rock or a tree.
I never have to figure out what to do with myself if I have to stay home. It's a no-brainer: I lock myself in my tower and make more art.
All that suggests the situation presents no problems for a semi-hermit artist. Um, no. You see I had an art project lined‑up for 2020…
My Wolds landscape painting collection
At the end of 2019, I decided I should paint a planned series of landscapes. The East Yorkshire Wolds are perfect for an artistic mission, so this is my art project for 2020.
The key word there was 'planned'.
I've tended to go with the flow when deciding what to paint. Developing some discipline felt like a good idea.
I'm on a quest to be the best artist I can be you see, and a more disciplined approach might make my art better.
So while storms Dennis, Ciara and Jorge raged, I made a plan to sketch a number of locations in the Wolds…
Who'd have imagined six months ago we'd be where we are right now?
A landscape artist needs the landscape
Sketching in the hills is not allowed at the moment with all non essential travel banned.
We're in a serious situation and people are suffering. Doing my bit by staying home is a relatively easy ask.
A landscape artist trying to paint hills without any hills to study has a bit of a problem of course. Nope, photographs are not good enough, even if they're great photographs.
It means my Wolds painting mission might have to be shelved. I'll have to come up with other things to paint. Or maybe not…
Landscape sketches I prepared earlier
A desire to paint the Wolds was developing before the end of 2019. So I've been out sketching in the area for some time before 'lockdowns' started being talked about.
Having a 'project' to do had fired me up even more than usual. So I scampered out between the storms with my sketchbook whenever I could.
I've quite a collection of outside scribbles made while Kites, Buzzards and Kestrels hunted over the gorse dusted slopes.
They're ad‑hoc sketches, helping me get to know the nature of the Wolds. They're the very early stage of making landscape paintings.
I'm thinking of making a video of my sketches which I'll link to here.
A trivial problem, an artistic opportunity
So the problem I have is not knowing whether to shelve my project until 2021. I don't know if I have enough reference material or not, you see.
It's a trivial problem in the scheme of things. If I don't have enough preliminary work, then I'll have to paint something I'd not intended to. Hardly a hardship compared to what others are going through.
Hopefully, the current situation will pass. I wish for everyone's sakes it passes quickly. I hope you and yours stay safe. Please think of the vulnerable if you're not – one day you might walk in those shoes.
I'll let you know if I've decided to shelve my Wolds Landscape Series or not, in my next update.
Why do I make this kind of art?
Growing up in the countryside meant I spent every dry day outside in the landscape, preoccupied with its wonder and magic.
From the single blade of grass and the magical, mysterious thing we call a cloud, to the epic and breathtaking vista, it all still fascinates this kid.
It's why I make British landscape paintings and art prints now.
Britain is an artist's scenery paradise
I'm based in Yorkshire. Yorkshire is not alone in its distinctiveness or diversity of scenery. I can say this since visiting Devon, Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Pembrokeshire and The Shire of Inverness, to name a few. Variety, in fact, is a characteristic of the UK terrain from the tip of Scotland to the foot of Cornwall. It's not surprising British landscape art spans more than 250 years.
Naturally, Yorkshire subjects dominate my collection at this time. I'm ever hopeful of being able to paint further afield, though. I've already got many sketches of 'foreign' parts elsewhere in the UK waiting for paint or lino.
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What kind of art do I make?
I primarily paint landscape oil paintings and print limited edition linocut original prints. All my art, so far, is of the British countryside, seaside/coastline and its surrounding seas. My collection of original, unique art, currently includes Northumberland, Yorkshire, and The South Hams in Devon.
I work in my studio from reference and outside in front of the scene. My Plein‑air paintings often form part of the reference for my studio paintings and prints. I'm always adding to my gallery of contemporary landscape paintings and prints, covering the North of England and the much painted Southern Counties.
Buying my paintings and linocuts for sale
Updated: 17 December 2019
My contemporary British landscape art prints are available from these galleries in Yorkshire. Some have my lino prints in stock, both framed and unframed. Check the gallery pages to see what they have. They're all welcoming, knowledgable, helpful people, and they won't pressurize you to buy.
If you've read my latest update above, you'll know I'm spending 2020 making art. I won't be releasing much during the year. The art displayed on this website is available to buy, however, unless stated.
I've been trying to make it possible to buy from this website without the need to email me. Unfortunately, it's proved a bit of a mission. So it's still not possible at this time, I'm sorry to say.
Vote for your favourite on my Instagram feed @lynneroebuck
Looking to pin my art? Check out my art Pinterest account.