Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten)

British Landscape Paintings & Prints

Original Oils, linocuts & more

British landscape paintings, original prints, and giclées made by UK landscape artist, Lynne Roebuck. Original and unique contemporary fine art prints and paintings using oils, tablet computer, or lino.
("Contemporary" means ‘made by a living artist’)

A Landscape artist making art, in 2021

29 August 2021 (Amended 4 Sept)

I've decided to concentrate on my Plein Air painting activity for now. Big apologies, as the moment I decided this, the weather got all miserable. So, sorry, my fault!

Plein Air means "painting outside", on location. I've always worked from life, and think of myself as an 'observational artist'. I observe in person the actual scenes my art depicts. It's the way I was trained.

Too much studio, not enough Plein Air

I've drifted into spending more and more time in the studio over the years (without realising it, until recently reviewing my art).

Making prints is rather studio intensive, you see. I want to rebalance my art practice back to what it was originally. This is why I'm parking my printmaking, for now.

My art, including my prints, will improve by doing this – that's what my quest in life always is: being the best artist I can be.

It's my Pochade box I've neglected. Sketches are cool, but making full studies using paint on canvas panel, in the field, is where it's at. This is what I've drifted away from, because I needed to be in the studio carving lino blocks, mixing ink, and winding the press.

Painting from life makes better art

I don't copy photos you see. I believe you can always tell when an artist has simply translated a photo into paint, needing minimal artistic input, or skill.

There's a number of give‑aways when a painting is a copy of a photo. Some of the give‑aways are 'dead' black shadows, lens distortion, colour averaging, and detail uniformity.

Photos really aren't that great at capturing a scene (I know, and I love my cameras!).

When you're painting outdoors, the colours have not been filtered through an limited gamut sensor (they are all limited compared to our eyes), shadows aren't black (even the deep ones), and the subtleties of distant atmospherics and other lighting effects haven't been averaged out either.

Form, shape, overlaps and their edges, not always clear in a photo, can be understood when seen firsthand.

The resulting art is generally richer and more atmospheric than a photo – and therefore, a painting of a photo, too. So altogether, Plein Air studies are way more useful back in the studio.

Don't get me wrong, I use photo reference for my studio works. They're a reference however, I don't copy them – there's a big difference here. They simply augment my thumbnails, value sketches, colour studies and other Plein Air work.

A refresher refreshes!

So I'm taking myself back to basics a bit. It's good to do this, no matter how proficient and practiced you become.

I've set myself targets and I'm on a mission to regain what feels a bit rusty – I'm feeling out of practice with oils En Plein Air. Covid lockdowns eroded my confidence too, because I couldn't even go out with a sketchbook for far too much of the year.

It's so good to get back to my roots though, re‑establishing my process, returning to the landscape painter I've always been – hopefully, an improved one.

The next time I'm expecting to update this is in November 2021 (Already, where did time go!?) – I'm hoping to have restructured my website by then.

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.

Vote for your favourite on my Instagram feeds: @lynneroebuck and @lynneroebuck.sketchbooks

Looking to pin my art? Check out my art Pinterest account.