Making landscape art in 2020
Updated: 16 Dec 2019
The end of 2019 fast approaches. While the UK reflects (hopefully) on the madness and nasty words spewed – I've been reflecting upon my art and its future in 2020.
My motivation isn't concerned with making pretty decoration art in endless colour variations. As enjoyable as I'm sure that is, my impulse is making the best art I can make.
The reason I get up in the morning is always my current painting or print. This is because it might end up a better painting or print than anything I've painted or printed before. The excitement at that possibility is my addiction.
Magical landscapes, magical art quest
I should point out something. When I say my aim is not to make art to match the sofa, I don't mean I try to make ugly art. The shifting fashions for shock or gritty art have never appealed to me. It's OK to like art that matches your sofa by the way. It's just differences in personal tastes.
It's the magical beauty of our landscape here in the UK I strive to capture. Representing the something photographs miss is my quest.
Accurately identifying and describing what it is that is magical about our landscapes is a struggle. It means failing, reworking and perseverance. That sounds anything but fun. To me, it's essential to making good art. It's just what my quest demands.
Reviewing is the path to better art
To steadily improve, you have to critique your achievements continually. I'd begun a thorough assessment of my landscape art the last time I updated this section. Since then, I've pondered, examined and honestly assessed. My conclusions so far are set out here:
In 2020 I will…
- Concentrate on making my art setting aside exhibitions and promotions. This may mean I'll appear inactive. I'll be locking myself away in my garret painting or making prints. When not in my studio, I'll be out in the landscape painting and sketching. I'll have to overcome some challenges to enjoy the luxury of so much time on my art. T'was ever thus though.
- Work in a more coordinated way. I'm planning a series featuring the East Yorkshire Wolds scenery. I've already begun to explore and study the unusual magical habitat that is the Wolds. Setting out to create a series, a themed art collection as a project is a new thing for me.
- Double-down on studio oil paintings and linocuts. I've developed a view of the wide variety of art I've been making. It has diluted my efforts to make the best art I can make. A powerful way to improve on something is to develop a narrow focus on it, and this is my plan for 2020.
None of the above will be easy. But then, if my art was easy to make, it would hold no fascination for me.
So what does this mean?
It means: have no fear. I am an active artist. I'm working away on my art, being productive despite appearances here and elsewhere.
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It should mean my art will develop in intriguing ways. Ideas I've held on to for a while will be explored. Ultimately, my art will become better than it is today. So watch this space, as they say.
Finally, Merry Christmas to you all!
I sincerely wish everyone, regardless of politics or madness, a very Merry Christmas. May 2020 be brighter for all.
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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