2018 Round-Up Part 3: Art

Before you get too worried that I’m about to bombard you with loads of pictures and ask you to buy them, I’m not. I’m just going to pick out a few instances where the outdoors and art overlapped this year.

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Art of the Year 2017

Artistically, 2017 has been increasingly busy, with my first London exhibition to prepare for, a couple of art fairs, and I also began teaching. I have, however, had some time to produce a few paintings – so here is a selection of this year’s work. All items are available for sale, so feel free to get in touch to take them off my hands! Images link to the item in my shop.

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In the Frame

A few weeks ago, the editor of TGO Magazine contacted me to ask if I’d like to be in their “In the Frame” feature, which showcases the work of a different landscape artist each month. Of course I said yes, and after offering Emily a selection of works to choose from, she went for “Cairngorm Glen”, a piece inspired by this year’s TGO Challenge. It was all the more satisfying that my turn came in the October issue of the magazine, as this is the issue where the application process for next year’s TGO Challenge kicks off. Naturally, my application for that went in pretty quickly yesterday too. Continue reading “In the Frame”

Art of the TGO Challenge

Amongst all of the other kit decisions I had to make ahead of embarking on the TGO Challenge this year was the one about art kit – what to take ? what would I be likely to use ? was it even worth bothering ? In the end I stuck to my usual approach of a small box of watercolours, a couple of pens and brushes, something to hold some water, a paperback journal (which I was taking anyway to keep notes in), and a few sheets of watercolour paper in a case I got the urge to do anything more than a quick sketch (which I didn’t). Continue reading “Art of the TGO Challenge”

Art meets Science

Once again I needed to pop into London and once again it was art related. There seems to be a pattern emerging here. This time it was the Works on Paper Fair, for which I’d been sent a free ticket by Matt Forster, an “überpainter” of stylised mountain landscapes in watercolour. With this unlikely to fill the day, I looked around for something to bulk it out – the obvious things being I could spend more time in the Science Museum where the fair was being held, or I could do a walk. Continue reading “Art meets Science”

A Walk Among the Artists

A deadline has been pressing on me. The Late Turner exhibition at Tate Britain is due to finish this coming weekend, and I hadn’t been to see it yet, even though it had been on since September and I’ve not had work as an excuse. So I set about rectifying that. Continue reading “A Walk Among the Artists”

A New Series of Urban Walks

I’ve been lucky with the amount of time I’ve been able to take since the summer as a break from working, but it can’t last for ever, and soon work will press on me again. With this in mind, and knowing that one of the ways I keep sane when working is by doing some pavement pounding in London, I wanted to come up with a new series of walks. So I did just that. Continue reading “A New Series of Urban Walks”

Autumn in the Lakes: Arty Stuff

It’s really rather nice sitting here by Derwentwater taking in the views and attempting to transfer them to paper, and I don’t regret the way today’s plans have worked out at all. Continue reading “Autumn in the Lakes: Arty Stuff”

Warning: Unexpected Culture in Thurrock

Yes, you heard it here first. Despite appearances to the contrary, there is culture to be found in Thurrock, which may I remind you was recently determined as the most miserable place in the country, according to Cameron’s new-fangled happiness index. And I can reveal that it is more than a bit shit here. So I set off on today’s walk with extremely low expectations… Continue reading “Warning: Unexpected Culture in Thurrock”