Scottish Landscape Paintings
Scottish landscape painting features throughout my portfolio. I like to paint the country I live in. Although I have not been to every corner, I have seen a reasonable amount of this beautiful little country.
Painting Glencoe was approached by me with just a little bit of fear. The incredible landscape is so steeped in history and it has been painted by so many artists. I wanted this artwork to really stand out amongst my other Scottish landscape paintings.
I am also very familiar with Glencoe having passed through many times since i was a child.
This painting which represents two of the “Three Sisters” was painted in large part with a palette knife, which is quite unusual for me as most of my painting is brush-based.
Painting Glencoe in this manner took quite some time and it was a canvas I returned to again and again as I was not happy with the initial result. I wanted to work on the painting until I captured some of the atmosphere. If you have never passed through Glencoe, I would say that it is one of the most atmospheric places and it changes dramatically in different climates.
As Scottish landscpaes go, I have mainly painted scenes which are based on places that have just appealed to me, various woodlands or hillsides which may even not have specific names. It makes a change then to paint somewhere so well known.
I hope that that my first attempt at painting Glencoe contains just some of the atmosphere of this incredible part of the Scottish landscape.
Original Landscape Painting SOLD
Landscape Paintings –
Real World Or Virtual Galleries
This landscape looks more English than Scottish and there is a reason for that, but I am keeping it to myself at the moment.
It’s been an interesting week in the studio this week. I am still finishing off some commissions and also dabbling with new canvases in between. It’s just the way I like to work, I can’t work on one canvas from start to finish.
Also this week I have been in further discussion with various parties about solo exhibitions. I am running a bit shy of solo show’s after the unpleasant events of last year. Once bitten and all that. To be truthful, I am so wary of art dealers and art galleries now. For every shark though, there is a good dealer out there. A fellow artist recently proved this by selling out half his recent show on the opening night. This was thanks to interesting artwork, an artist who worked hard and a gallery who did what they are supposed to be doing. Even in a recession, good art still finds a wall to hang on: well that’s my experience .
Online Art Galleries
Talking about galleries, I have been talking to a couple of different people this week who are setting up their own online galleries. I have mixed thoughts about online art galleries. Most of them are mainly money-generating software exercises. A few are run by peopel who really care about art but many are not. It’s quite frustrating watching other artists flock to online art galleries, which almost run themselves. The people who run the website never even see the art. The artist uploads an image and all details, the artist sends the art too usually. As I said, it’ an exercise in website optimisation and who can get the most visibility on Google.
So, back in the real world it’s more painting in the studio tomorrow, and for those of you who are wondering where this month’s newsletter is, it’s simply a shade late. I have been holding off to see if I can firm up on some of the upcoming events bu tin any case it will be sent out shortly.
Colourful Landscapes & A Brief Annual Review
Colourful landscapes have made a return to my studio.
After a year when 95 percent of my artwork has been monochromatic, in pencil, charcoal and carbon, it was interesting to use colour in such a manner. It was fantastic to work on, I rediscovered my love of trying to bring atmosphere and dare i say it, personality to a landscape.
I have not blogged just so much recently, I tend to go through phases. Since my last blogs, there has been quite a lot happening both personally and professionally. Many artists I know have really struggled this year because of the recession. It is a sad thing that many have had to give up full time painting and in some cases even give up their studios.
The shame is that when recession bites, it affects creativity. I have met several artists this year who continue to produce amazing art despite severe hardship. Just because they are not perhaps adept at promoting themselves and gaining exposure, it means that they don’t gain the opportunities that some others are lucky enough to have put in front of them. One such artist I was chatting to recently has been offered exhibition opportunities on 3 continents. They had to decline due to funding.
When I think of this, I feel very grateful that I still have my studio and through people who appreciate what I do, I am still able to explore and create new artwork. Whether it’s creating colourful Scottish landscape paintings, drawings or kilt art so long as I am working in my studio, that’s all that matters.
I also tend to begin to evaluate my year, as many people do around this time on the calendar. For me, it has indeed been an interesting one. I owe much of it to the 28 Drawings Later project in February which suddenly and unexpectedly altered my artistic course. Whilst part of me is beginning to want to reintroduce colour, I would say that a larger part of me enjoyed my ‘colourless” year and although I will continue to paint, I believe that drawing and working in graphite and other such mediums will continue to be the main interest for me over the short to medium term future. I am sure at some point in the future the colourful landscapes will return.
Original Scottish Landscape Painting
Original Scottish landscape paintings, “Blue Trees”, painted in oil on canvas. In this artwork I was experimenting with various elements., division of space and proportions, colour and brush strokes.
Developing the ideas of previous landscapes which I have produced, I really want to increase the atmosphere of landscape paintings. Rather than have them simply be records of a scene, which is perhaps the way my landscape paintings began.
The brush strokes in the lower portions take quite some time to apply to the canvas. However, the process is quite calming and almost therapeutic, as landscape painting should be.
When initially completed, this canvas was landscape style rather than portrait. However, the more I “lived” with it in the studio, the more I realised that this painting had more to give. Because of the nature of the vertical brush strokes, it dawned on me that the composition would benefit from being portrait style. Hence, a section of the painting was cropped off to give the final framed artwork it’s appearance.
Painting Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm approx excluding frame.
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Original Scottish Landscape Painting SOLD
Scottish Landscape Paintings
Neist Point on the beautiful Scottish island of Skye is a place I have only visited once. It will stay with me forever but I do hope that I see it again. Neist Point Lighthouse just looks as if it has been there for ever and although man-made seems so much to be a part of the view. It is an utterly breathtaking place and I cannot possibly describe it in words. Therefore I tried to with paint. I am pleased with this landscape painting in which I tried to capture the drama of this incredible place. Extensive use of the palette knife was employed.
If you do visit the Isle Of Skye, please don’t miss Neist Point out, sas many people seem to. There are views of the islands of Egg, Muck and Rum and huge rocks onto which the sea crashes. I went fishing there for a couple of hours before sunset and knew when I was there that I had to paint. This was about seven years before I began to paint full time. I returned the day after the fishing to sketch and then produced a watercolour painting. This large scale acrylic of Neist Point is based on that.
Original Scottish Landscape Painting – Sold
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