Landscapes

As a young boy I remember marveling at the countryside and all the beauty it had to offer. I would go for walks with my friends, and these adventures took us out into the green belt of south Staffordshire, England. I'd soak everything up like a sponge; the colours, the hues, the shading and the different layers and perspectives of the land as it rolled away in front of me. Probably my first ever painting was of a tree and a few houses nearby. How many children start here, eh? Why not, it's what we all first encounter as we begin to grow up and take notice of what is going on around us.

I particularly like depicting the different seasons, and working in all mediums. Of late, I've taken up Acrylics, mainly because it dries quickly and you can use it like oil or watercolour. I'll take up commissions on any scene; from your house to a particular scene of choice, or maybe a collage of different scenes. I normally go on site and do a sketch, take some photos and then work in my studio until I'm ready to take the artwork back again (if it's possible), to render the final impressions. Take a look at the gallery examples, and enjoy. Just click on either of the two images below to go to the gallery, or use the menu button to the left.

 

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Landscape mediums and surfaces

Oil - on stretched canvas or canvas board
Oil is a very old and trusted medium. It takes a while for it to dry, but when it's completed, you can't beat the results. I mainly work on canvas, but have done oils on hardboard (MDF) too. There are hardly any limits to the size in the surfaces that are available. If I can't obtain one, I'll make it myself using the best quality linen, stretcher board timber and primer.


Acrylic - On stretched canvas, canvas board, quality card or paper
A relatively new medium and so versatile. You can render the painting to look like a watercolour, or apply it thickly like oil paint. The results are equally pleasing to the eye. The beauty of this medium is that it dries so fast that I can create a painting in a quarter the time it takes me to do the same in oils.


Watercolour - High quality Bockingford paper
Another favourite of mine. This is probably the most expressive and flexible medium one can work with. You can apply it opaquely or as a wash, using the colours with sponge and brush alike, it's possible to capture the most intricate of detail and colour.


Pastel - Bockingford paper or Illustrators card
Sometimes referred to as "Chalk" drawings. It's possible to rub and blend the colours to achieve the desired results. I particularly like working in this when I'm doing winter scenes.


Pen and Ink Wash - Bockingford paper
Similar effect as watercolours, but using the pen to highlight details and enhance the image details where necessary. I normally work in black indian ink for this, but have done coloured ink line and wash before now.


Pencil and Charcoal - Bockingford paper or card
Not quite so popular these days, but I do a lot of pencil sketching, but mainly as the starting point for the other mediums outlined above. Charcoal is easy to work with and one can get a good, effective result when it is used on high quality card or bockingford watercolour paper.


Scraper Board - own surface
This medium is fairly rare to obtain outside of the UK. It can be purchased in large or small card sheets. These are covered in a fine chalk type coating, which in turn is covered with a high quality coat of Indian Ink. I use fine nib scraper tools to create an etching or engraving effect. I simply scratch off the black coating and reveal a fine, white under view. In the past I have used this medium to do both landscapes and wildlife; particularly birds. It is also possible to "fill" the revealed white with coloured indian inks.


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