"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Gordale Scar

The path to Gordale. Acrylic on gesso primed board. 247mm x 352mm.

Painted with a palette of cobalt blue, french ultramarine, cadmium yellow pale, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber and titanium white. At this stage I think the painting is finished. With a watercolour I usually reach a point where I know that the picture is done and no further brushwork will improve it. However, when working with opaque medium such as acrylics or oils I find it much more difficult to finish a work. There is always the temptation to keep fiddling, adding an extra dab of colour here or there. I find the best way to get over this is to leave the picture alone and put it to one side for a week or so. Looking at it again after this time will usually show if something else needs doing to it.

A typical early spring day in the dales. Grey sky, grey rock and grey green grass! This is Gordale Scar near Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. On a weekend in summer it can be very busy with visitors, but if you pick your time early in the year you can have the place almost to yourself. From this viewpoint, just outside the gorge the vista is still quite open. As you walk up the path the gorge gradually narrows until, as you round the corner in the centre of the picture you enter the cathedral like atmosphere of the inner gorge.


Keith Tilley said...

Hello Stuart,

I think it worked out very well. You've managed to get a nice feeling of recession.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Keith
Thanks for that. I had problems photographing it and the image has come out looking flatter on screen than it does on the painting.

Stewart said...

Hi Stuart, I have just found your blog from a link on an American blog I forget which one. Love the work, particularly the field stuff, I do a bit myself but need more practice. I can see the Ennion influence in there...

Emma Anderson said...

I have just found your blog (thanks to Boulmer Birder) and want to tell you that I think your work is truly outstanding. I have added you to my list of blogs to follow and will do so with the greatest of pleasure and interest.