Making landscape art in 2020
Updated: 14 May 2020
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
My last update here was full of debates about my artistic plans for 2020.
A series of landscapes featuring the Yorkshire Wolds was to be my raison d'etre this year.
Following a creative path in a storm
Storms Dennis, Ciara and Jorge kept me inside during late January, February and the beginning of March.
Then, when a hint of Spring seemed around the corner, the Virus followed by Lockdown nipped all creative buds like a frost.
I'd snatched just a few spontaneous outdoor sketching trips up to that point.
In Lockdown, life became about the next 'essential' trip to shop for myself and others. I'm sure many of you were the same.
Shopping weekly previously, mum and me plotted to stretch it 10 days or longer between trips.
A criminal sketch
Sketching in the hills had swiftly become an outlawed adventure. Who'd have thought, eh?
Of course, a landscape artist locked away from the landscape is like an addict without their hit.
Oh, the deep relief now 'days‑out to enjoy outdoor space' are no longer a criminal activity.
Preparing to paint my landscape oil paintings entails several steps. There's the Exploring stage; then what I call the Getting‑to‑know stage and last, the Study stage. Once completed, the work on the final painting in the studio begins.
In truth, there's no hard and fast. The stages can merge seamlessly and overlap. You're not always able to say you've finished one and begun the next.
Abstract art doesn't need these stages. The preparation is only necessary if you want your painting to look like something real.
The important thing is to have collected enough reference material. Only then are you in with a chance of really capturing the location once back in the studio.
Photographs play a very minor role in my painting process.
I'd hardly got beyond the Explore stage when Lockdown happened. So of course, I wondered if I should abandon 'The Wolds' until next year. A different mission might be more do‑able.
Artists can't help themselves
Lock an artist up with paints and brushes, and you deserve everything you get. Even if there are more serious things to do, an artist can't help themselves.
So regardless of any ruminations, I waded‑in on three paintings. Two new landscapes and another I'd become unhappy with last year.
Only one was of the Wolds, and I was deeply uncomfortable with how to progress it. Fortunately, it's…
All change, full paint ahead
I expected it to be the end of June before we'd be out on probation.
The prospect of hunkering down in a hedgerow with sketchbook and paints fills me with absolute joy. I know, I'm strange – I'm an artist.
So though this period has meant I'm well and truly behind and lost my momentum, I'm going to set-to painting a Wolds series.
I sincerely hope you've been OK through this and continue to be so. Stay careful, stay well.
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.
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