Clitheroe – oil painting of the town


This is my new picture which I am currently working on. I managed to record its beginnings.

In this short video see how my town is emerging from nothingness of the canvas. Through lines and shapes, strokes of a brush, splashes of ink; I am forming, creating and bringing to life a town, my town, formed from a white cloud and confusion of my thoughts and ideas.

I really felt like GOD, having total control over this scene, left purely to my imagination. It is so empowering and scary – I can do anything with this picture and my intentions are good – I want the summer, the sunshine, energy and buzz. But it is easy to turn the image into a gloomy, terrible world, and then these buildings, bushes, trees and people will be locked forever in the hell of my mistake.

STAGE 1: Oil painting, establishing colour scheme.

Clihteroe - oil Painting, establishing colours.
Clitheroe – oil painting, establishing colours.

I’ve spent hours painstakingly mixing paints, trying to find the right colour. My aim was to leave an impression of summer afternoon with its strong sun lights and contrasting shadows.

The colour was really important but I couldn’t decide on a colour scheme. Because I wanted the feeling of  summer with plenty of sunshine, going into a yellowpink scheme felt like the most suitable direction.  But the nuances are so difficult – too much yellow, makes it too fresh for a summer, adding too much orange will make it look tired and dark! I used vibrantly deep Ultramarine Blue for the shadows which colour, derived from purple seemed the most appropriate. However, red and orange hues would give a feeling of an evening. I also thought about green but I don’t really like green after all, not in its pure form as such colour would remind me of a Spring. Yet, I wanted to show summer with its hot, bright colours based on yellow and ochre, pink and peach.

STAGE 2: Enamel

 Adding enamel highlights.
Adding enamel highlights.

Now it’s finally time for fun!: enamel. This is the time when my hand goes free, it has a chance to improvise and relax. This is a time of FREEDOM. This is also a time to make quick decisions when the enamel runs down from my palette knife.

I have settled to leave the surface of the buildings in a pink, peach kind of colour. I have then added bright, light blue and pink lines, highlighting the tops of the roofs and edges of walls. Blue and pink are contrasting, nearly complementing themselves so the combination should create a contrast I desire. However, those bright lines weren’t that visible, they blended with the light colour of the buildings. I’ve added medium blue (Cerulean)  and it started showing some visible changes.

Adding yellow only on the buildings’ side and white on the top of the roofs would show highlights on those shapes. The navy blue is going to go in the shadowy places, tracing the outlines of buildings and windows.

Not too much, it could be easy overworked!

Clitheroe, Oil and enamel on canvas. 100cm/80cm

Clitheroe, Oil and enamel on canvas. 100cm/80cm

The enamel work was fun! But I needed to be quick, the paint is running off my tool uncontrollably.

This painting is being painted for an open exhibition at Stewards Gallery in Clitheroe Castle, titled ‘Town v Country’.

It’s nearly finished. I am going to wait for it all to dry and using some dry brush technique – layer of rubbed paint on the top of existing image – I want to leave the town in the sunny mist.

What do you think? I would really appreciate and welcome your constructive feedback. Please subscribe to my blog to learn about my art techniques and colour.

Details of the exhibition to follow.

 

What do we like about landscape painting?


Living in a beautiful countryside is a source of inspiration to many artist and many indeed find joy and passion in recreating the scenery on their canvas. There is so much enjoyment out there, in constantly changing light affecting the clouds and the sky, the texture of grass, the pattern of fields which spread before the eyes like a patchwork, the lines of dry stone walls, the reflection in water, shadows of trees and bushes as they move gently in the air.

Despite all that stimulus, I find that approaching a blank canvas and simply beginning sketching the fields, the hill, the dry stone wall, creates a problem, the image on the canvas does not appear that exciting as it excited me out there. I want to know what it takes to create a stunning piece, grabbing hearts of people. I want to be the one who shows the world from an angle beyond an ordinary human perception, surprises.

I’ve done a little survey asking my viewers to give their suggestions and here I’m presenting my results.

Which style attracts you most?Which style attracts you most?

I have showed them 5 different styles of landscape painting

  1. Traditional – realistic style, a bit figurative.
    2. Natural – Colours are as they appear to you in nature – so green grass, blue sky
    3. Colourful – The one where colours are abstract, unreal like in Fauvism.
    4. Naïve style – where objects are depicted in simple forms.
    5. Abstract landscape – objects are losing their forms, it’s a composition (a set up) of colours and shapes, nothing appear to look real.

Person 1: ‘ I like them all, but number three is my favourite. My reason is because i feel that this style is what i see throughout most of your paintings, and that’s simply what makes your work so unique from everyone elses’ – Oh, Thank you Laura x,

Person 2: […I like] number 1. This feels as though I could actually be there. Or 2, for the same reason. (Number 2 makes me want to see what’s on the other side of the hill!)

  • So you are intrigued Maureen, that’s a fantastic answer. I also know that you see  seaside – which is a place you want to be.

Person 3: [the abstract painting which is number 3, is] the most unique and expressive and colourful.

Person 4: I’d probably go for 1and 3 out of this selection because I like bold strong art but with content.

Person 5:  I like no 1 best though very much appreciate the modernistic view of no 3.

Person 6:  Its 1 and 2 for me because I find peace when walking in fields.

Person 7: Number 4 and 3. Simplicity, and brightness.

  • At least for once the naïve style gets the votes.

Person 8: 2 so beautiful & also 4

Person 9: Number 1 and number 5. Just love the poppies. The pictures draw you in to make you want to be there.

Many discover a familiar place, some place from their memories or dreams. Place they have been to, which they recognize, or a place where they would like to be, place where they would feel comfortable and happy. Such place they see is intriguing, inviting, alluring… and such place is real, easily recognizable. There might be some elements in this landscape art, that they like the most, such as poppies or simple the sea side J.

Some of you appreciate and notice the artist’s unique expression, a technical innovation such as: interesting brush strokes, bold colours, texture. Those are affecting the mood and the mood of the painted landscape is also important, frozen from ever so changing weather condition. The weather on the painting affects our mood and the overall mood of the painting.

Whatever you like about the painting what’s most important is to feel the connection with the image on emotional or spiritual level. It is that feeling of nostalgia which the painting evokes, that makes people like it and want it..

So: memory of place, place you want to be, interesting technique, and the feeling of connection – these elements all together are ingredients for a perfect masterpiece. Thank you for your survey.

Starry_night_van_gogh
Starry Night by Van Gogh. He painted it towards the end of his life, the mood expresses sadness and loneliness.

I very often look at famous artists to learn how they have approached the subject. This is a great way to learn. For those who learn art such process of looking at famous paintings is comparable to a relay race: we take the baton from our preceding artists and run with it our own way…

One of my favourite landscape artists is Vincent Van Gogh. He was certainly a master of colour and mood. Notice how his countryside paintings are rich in a variety of yellows and how they shine like gold when juxtaposition with dark blue or green. His thick layers of paint, with brush strokes so expressive, seem to be dancing, creating a sense of movement. By highlighting elements such as stars – they appear to have a powerful influence, or birds in his famous painting ‘Wheatfield with Crows’ , he brings anxiety and gloom.

van-gogh-whet-fieldWheat_fields

I have seen the masterpieces of Van Gogh in Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and it was an experience comparable to seeing your favourite band live, so emotional and enriching. All the ingredients mentioned by you are contained in those paintings:  reality yet in an unusual way. The golden wheat fields remind me about Poland, hot Polish summer which I really miss.

What would I like to achieve as a landscape painter? I have asked the question to meet your needs – you as a viewer, receiver of my imaginary and hopefully a collector…  I have to admit, I do not seek realism as this job is reserved for cameras. Painting a landscape is ever such a challenging task as the scenery I see and get excited about is unreachable, so fleeting, at that moment at that time when I look, it looks different and I know it won’t last, time changes the image at every moment of the day and night. My desire is to stop it, frame in my memories.

Magnificent Pendle Hill
‘Magnificent Pendle Hill’ – Gosha Gibek, A5 card -£3.5 including postage Fine art giclee prints, numbered and signed: A4 – £10, A3 – £20

Magnificent Pendle Hill

Those fields and hills
‘Those fields and hills’ – Gosha Gibek, A5 card -£3.5 including postage Fine art giclee prints, numbered and signed: A4 – £10, A3 – £20
My latest search for the perfect landscape paintings,
I would appreciate to know your thoughts.
Each of this images can be bought as limited edition A5 card for the price of £3.50 – postage included.
Just send me your address.
I have also a very fine quality art giclee prints at the price of £10 for A4 or £20 for A3.