I’m working flat out at the moment for my up-coming solo exhibition, and although it won’t be very, too, much, any, really, actually, erotic, I’m enjoying putting a selection of my artwork together to show the viewing public (or anyone who turns up, really!) what I can do of a non erotic nature.Â Which is very well illustrated by the three landscapes here!Â A watercolour, a pastel, and one in acrylics. A church, a seascape, a fantasy landscape. Still, who wants to keep doing the same sort of thing all the time? I certainly don’t.
The first one is of the church in the village where the exhibition is to be held. Its a quaint little church that looks like something out of Grimms fairy tales with its skirted little steeple and aged stone walls. I love the fact that the tiles are rounded disks of slate as well. It was really difficult to photograph though, as its surrounded by trees, and to get a decent shot I had to virtually stand in the middle of a large bush to get the image I wanted showing the church in its complete state rather than just a glimpse of the steeple, or door, or roof, through the very well established greenery around it. I enjoyed painting this little church sitting in the morning sunlight and the wonky gravestones that depict the villagers lives and deaths going back many a long year. It’s called simply “Ravenstone church” and the watercolours have captured that EnglishÂ picturesque building beautifully. Â
It’s a pastel, and features my favourite shades of turquoise and blues in a seascape that is basically about a wave, as it lazily laps against a sandy shore, the light through it as it gently flows over the sand, shallow and clear, and fades away to deepest cobalt blue and the far distant purple hills across the bay. The pure white of the largest cloud mirrors the white of the foamy wave, both travelling across the picture in opposite directions but creating the movement within the picture. I know that I, for one, want to dip my toes in that sea, I want to swim in those warm waters, and walk along that stretch of beach looking out at that languid ocean. The painting is called “Blue lagoon” and its making me think of summer holidays in far off climes way below the equator.
Â And now to the third landscape, and different again……
Â This one is in acrylics also on paper, like the other two, but done with far more urgency of movement in the marks on the paper, more colour, more of a fantasy scene, with more vibrancy, that keeps the eyes moving over the paper looking for the images and colours and far more exciting than the quietness of the other two paintings. But, even so, there is a feeling of belonging in this painting which is why I called it “Heading home” – whether that feeling of home is the rolling hills and trees of the scene, or the feeling of having had a walk and being now ready to turn for home.Â The three trees haveÂ a unity within the work too, that I love.
So, all landscapes, all done by me.
And all so totally different to each other.
But, which is your favourite here?
Peaceful churchyard, manic hills, or seductive seascape?