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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

 

Canals (series in progress) 4

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

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

Today’s painting from the Canalscapes and Severn series in progress.

Series so far..

Severn and Canals (series in progress)

p1140614 p1140618 p1140622Above – today’s paintings in progress from a new series following a recent trip to Gloucestershire. The first two showing canals and the darker one of the Severn in twilight, which needs quite a lot more work.

This will be a series of 12 paintings on 14×12″ panels, quite a nice size to work on though it feels small after the Damascus paintings. I got in touch with a few galleries in nearby Bristol who’re interested in my work so this should lead to an exhibition some time this year I hope!

The Severn was a strange experience, we actually walked out on to the sand which as it turns out was quite foolhardy; the apparently solid sand bars can suddenly shift beneath you to the mud beneath, though I think the danger is more to do with the fact it’s a tidal river which comes in suddenly, which could leave you surrounded by water (as once happened when I was a kid, returning from Crammond Island near Edinburgh). Apparently if you’re sinking into mud you shouldn’t struggle but instead get horizontal to disperse weight, then crawl for your life!

The third wood panel for my Damascus Rose series has arrived so I’ll be completing the third painting soon, more posts on that coming up…

In the meantime, my sale of limited edition prints from the east coast Harbours series began today on Achica –  Link Here