Do you paint from photographs or at the scene?
Whenever possible I like to sketch and draw out of doors. This is the best way for me to retain and then later recapture my feelings about the place when I am painting in the studio. However the places I love to paint are often quite remote, and more often than not, windswept and wet! So I draw quick sketches in situ, take photographs and then do more drawings once I am back in the more comfortable setting of my studio.
Because of Covid 19, my walking and sketching in the hills was abruptly curtailed for most of last year. However, a sketch done many years ago immediately takes me back to the day it was drawn, sitting on a hillside. I can once again hear the calls of golden plovers and lapwings ringing through the air. I hope that my paintings can bring a little of this magic to you.
I never paint directly from photographs. This is not a criticism of people who do. I find that painting from photographs does not give me the results I seek. Paul Klee said ‘One eye sees, the other eye feels,’ and I feel it is my task as an artist to convey what is perceived by this other eye, the eye into the mind and the heart.
I think this is why I enjoy sharing my art through open studios. When visitors come to my studio and respond to my paintings, they are sharing in this experience of the eye that feels. I feel honoured that they share in my vision in this way.
So... here's to 2021... hopefully soon I will be once again roaming the hills with my sketchbook and coming back to my studio to share my adventures with you.
This painting of Cronkley Fell summit was painted during lockdown from sketches made a few years ago. On this occasion there was still snow on the distant fells. The golden plovers had just returned to the dale for the spring, and looking at the scene immediately brings to mind their plaintive calls.
About this page
My favourite way of selling my paintings is through my open studios, as I particularly enjoy the direct contact with people which this method of exhibiting permits. Over the course of the 12 or so years I have been doing this, I have met many lovely people… some have become close and dear friends, and others I have never seen again. As online selling is now so important, this page is intended to share some of that connection with you wherever you may be. So please add your comments. Keep an eye on this page, and you may see the answer to the questions you would love to ask… email me and I will answer straight away!