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Lime Tree Gallery exhibition

‘Severn 1’. Acrylic on 14×12″ wood panel.

New exhibition  A Sense of Place opens on the 20th May at the Lime Tree Gallery in Bristol, and includes my series of paintings of the Severn and canals in Gloucestershire.

You an view all paintings in the exhibition in this catalogue link – A Sense of Place  and from there you can contact the gallery if you are interested in any of the paintings (I’m delighted to see that my painting Severn 3 has already sold!)

Thanks again to the excellent Lime Tree Gallery for showing the paintings!

Exhibition – Canalscapes and the Severn

'Severn 3'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 3’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

The canalscapes of Gloucestershire and the River Severn series will be on their way down to the Lime Tree Gallery in Bristol next week, then they’ll make a decision on how and when they’ll will be shown.

The Limetree is an excellent gallery, thriving in these tricky times with a busy programme within the gallery, involvement in art fairs throughout the UK and regular visits around the country to research the contemporary painting scene. They focus quite often on Scottish landscape painting or art, so it’s maybe unusual to show work by a Scottish artist of the Gloucestershire area. Hopefully at some point down the line they’ll consider some larger works, either of the Hebrides (which I’ll be painting until the end of 2017 with two series) or more of the Severn – the feeling of space (and what I found to be an odd combination of danger and tranquility) would be well suited to a larger canvas or wood panel.

I did a quick poll among Facebook friends of their favourites, so here’s the series in order of favourite first! …

'Severn 3'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 3’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

'Severn 1'. Acrylic on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 1’. Acrylic on 14×11″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Canalscapes 3'. Acrylic on 14x11" wood panel

‘Canalscapes 3’. Acrylic on 14×11″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Canalscapes 5'. Acrylic on 14x12" wood panel

‘Canalscapes 5’. Acrylic on 14×12″ wood panel

'Canalscapes 1'. Acrylic on 14x11" wood panel

‘Canalscapes 1’. Acrylic on 14×11″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Canalscapes 2'. Acrylic on 14x11" wood panel

‘Canalscapes 2’. Acrylic on 14×11″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Canalscapes 6'. Mixed media on 11x12" wood panel

‘Canalscapes 6’. Mixed media on 11×12″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Canalscapes 4 '. Acrylic on 14x11" wood panel

‘Canalscapes 4 ‘. Acrylic on 14×11″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Severn 2'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 2’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

'Severn 4'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 4’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

 

Canalscapes and Severn (in progress) 6

'Severn 4'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 4’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

'Severn 2'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 2’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

'Severn 3'. Mixed media on 14x11" wood panel

‘Severn 3’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel

Today’s painting of the Severn – a bit more abstract. Also more work on Severn 2 and 3, which seems to suit a more abstract approach. The views in real life are very simple in a way – huge skies, long bands of land in subtle colours, but it’s the feeling of distance and atmosphere that’s hard to capture in a painting so I’m experimenting with atmospheric effects with scattered pigment and salt, rather than the usual graduated fading into distance which can look predictable or tedious, since we’re so used to seeing that in paintings. In ‘Severn 4’ I’ve scraped back to the wood which has a nice sand tone.

Canalscapes and Severn (series in progress) 5

p1140829Today’s painting of the Severn. I’ll probably add some detailed impasto highlights to the grass tomorrow, though I’ll keep the rough feel.

I’m painting the series in twos really, so there will be another painting of rough grasses in the foreground against bands of sand, mud and water, also another painting of the Severn at twilight.