Reflections on Lockdown #4

When will it end!? I hear you crow.

I did warn you that I’ve had a very busy lockdown on the art front.

Today’s offering is landscapes, which segues nicely from Reflections on Lockdown #3.

I like drawing landscapes. There’s something very relaxing about it. Painting them, on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish.

Sketching is more about observation and trying to depict a representation of the landscape. Whereas, painting is more about trying to capture the energy of nature. (With varying degrees of success.)

Here’s a selection for you to ponder.

Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
A village in Italy. (From a photo.)
Jenkin Chapel, Saltersford, Cheshire.
Top Withins, Haworth/Stanbury, West Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire Dales.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing mental health issues, call your GP or self refer to your local mental health team, (usually based at your local hospital).

If things are a bit more urgent than that you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. Or call the NHS on 111, they will treat your illness as seriously as they do any other.

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7 responses to “Reflections on Lockdown #4

  1. I think your sketches are beautiful and restrained, and your paintings just hit me in the eyes and explode (in a good way). Can one person have more than one self? Yes, of course, and here I feel I am seeing it (this is also a good thing, I think, I want to emphasize). I am interested in how you define sketching vs painting, though. Why are they different? I am really asking, this interests me a lot. Because I have been doing more drawing recently and it has not ocurred to me that it vs. painting have different purposes. I think I just do whatever I do because it seems to fit my mood. For me, drawing is calmer (the pen just does not like skidding around or being squashed into the paper and I enjoy making many tiny marks which requires patience) and painting is wilder, letting off more energy. Big strokes, etc. I wonder if it is the tools, the mood, the color or lack of it? I don’t know what I am saying, just that your post was great to look at, and made me think. And I will continue thinking about this.

    • Wow, that’s a really good question, Claudia. I think when I draw/sketch, I am usually trying to make an accurate representation of the subject. I do this because I don’t think I am very good at painting! I have yet to master any kind of technique. So when I paint I tend to use colour and energy to get my thoughts/feelings across. I enjoy doing both for different reasons. The discipline, concentration and patience of drawing and the liberation and self-expression of painting. I find both very meditative but in completely different ways! When I paint though, I give more over to my sub-conscious, so a lot of the time it doesn’t actually feel like ‘me’ who is painting, but an inner voice trying to express itself. Thank you for your kind words, they are very much appreciated.

      • I feel your experiences parallel my own. I do like the idea that I can draw something recognizable, as that is something I always thought I’d never be able to do. Painting, I have never worried about this. I don’t know why. But what you said about the inner voice, that really fits what I feel about any kind of art I am doing. Over and over again I am amazed at the way the ideas drop in to my mind (I visualize the ideas as seeking me out and settling in my head).

  2. Your paintings are uniquely touching. They reach places in my imagination that they also created.

  3. I really like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.

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