In the spring and summer of 2020, I started to explore the landscapes that surround where I live and work, in Saddleworth UK. Moorland, woodland and farmland valleys are the predominant landscapes here. I am exploring them through walking, drawing and painting on location as well as through my studio practice. To me, the location work is the direct line to my experience. Moreover, it is essential for the development of my art works. This is because I want them to reflect my feelings and emotions for these special places.
I started to use different media and tools to enable me to explore the wonderful shapes, lines and patterns in these landscapes. I have been using a mix of Indigo, charcoal and inks to create a series of images on cotton rag watercolour paper that are for sale here. In addition to these materials, I have used a variety of tools to enable me to create interesting and different marks. These tools include the twigs of heather and the drying autumn leaves. I try to reflect the marks that characterise these landscapes. I have written in my studio chat about this works on paper and you can read it here. I have also created a YouTube video sharing my approaches in more detail here.
Subsequently, in the winter of 2020/21 I started to create mixed media paintings of the winter moors and alongside them, I created more indigo works. This time, I created works on location, then used them as collage to recreate feelings of my experiences back in the studio. You can see them below.
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