Making landscape art in 2020
Updated: 15 Feb 2020
2019 is fast becoming a distant memory. There seems to be a calming down and a rise in positivity – thank goodness. At the end of last year I'd been reflecting on my art and its future in 2020.
As I said in December 2019, I'm motivated to make the best landscape art I can make.
Pretty decorative art in endless colour variations and art to match the sofa holds no interest for me. There's nothing wrong with that kind of art, by the way. It's just a matter of taste.
Instead, I strive to make landscape art that's better than the last art I painted or printed. The possibility I'll improve on my previous best is why I get up in the morning. I can't express how exciting it is!
My 2020 Plan. A quick recap…
I've tried to summarise my plan for 2020. I set it out with a 'smidge' of more detail in December 2019. It's not changed. So, I am…
- Focussing on making my art, setting aside exhibitions and promotions.
- Working in a more coordinated way taking one area of terrain only. In this case, it's the East Yorkshire Wolds. I'm aiming to do a series of Wolds artworks.
- Doubling-down on studio oil paintings and linocuts. I decided I was diluting my efforts to make the best art I can make last year. I'd been creating all sorts of art, instead of concentrating on oils or linocuts.
Making art is like landscape: timeless
At the end of 2019, I felt I'd drifted into the "whirl". I was making art to meet exhibition deadlines and to feed the hungry social media monster. I enjoyed exhibiting and the discipline was great. It wasn't helping me make better art though.
I'm your archetypal artist, in so far as making art is what I live for.
I lock myself away in my artist's garret obsessed with my latest painting or print. Otherwise, I'm outside trying to capture landscapes in sketchbooks or Alla‑prima paintings.
Time is irrelevant, and it takes as long as it takes, like the landscape itself.
So though I'm in danger of appearing inactive as I neglect my website and social media – I don't care. My art needs my attention and that's that.
So where is my landscape art at?
Wind is an artist's worst enemy. There's no chance of an easel staying upright – not a hope. While I've several methods of stopping paper flapping about on my knees, they're of no use in a storm.
I'm resigned to temporarily abandoning plain‑air work till the weather eases‑up. It's a little frustrating.
Progress on a collection of Wolds paintings has been less than hoped for as a result of storm Ciara, and now Dennis.
Despite the lack of outdoor progress, my Wolds series is slowly taking shape. I'm exploring ideas for compositions, researching where to go sketching and reviewing references I've collected so far.
It doesn't feel as productive as getting out into the landscape in a methodical and regular way though. Perhaps I should become a still life painter instead.
Anyway, it's where it's all at. The days continue to lengthen and Spring will soon calm things a little.
Here's hoping 2020 is treating you all well
I sincerely hope you're staying safe, what with storms, floods and virus around. I hope you're managing to think positively, my friends!
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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