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 Colour and light in landscape art

I’ve always reacted strongly to the landscape of the sky and if I could live in it, I would.  Painting it is as close as I can get.

The significance of this moving landscape on our daily lives and emotions can’t be overestimated, and when we now spend  much more of our time indoors it is  important not to shut it out of our lives to our detriment, as though these things don’t matter.

Oil painting of red and yellow sunset. Evening Sky Study 2

Evening Sky Study 2   8x10ins.  Oil Painting on Canvas                                                                   175

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Setting Sun  45x60cms. (approx 18x24ins.)  Oil on Canvas                                         950

...it was developed in stages after this..... ......aiming at each stage to keep a high luminosity.

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Sunrise Through Mist. Oil painting of sunrise sky and mist

Sunrise Through Mist    Oil on Canvas  45x60cm  (approx. 18x24ins.)                           950

Sunset from Fisher Street, Broughty Ferry - Oil painting of sunset

Sunset from Fisher Street 50 x60cm (approx. 20x24ins.)  Oil on Canvas                         Sold

“...what might be seen out of a good window on a good day..”

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Sunset 3  oil painting of sunset over hills in Fife

Sunset 3 - 8x10ins. Oil painting on Canvas                                                                190

Contemporary landscape art - View of a Sunset  - Oil painting on Canvas

View of a Sunset   Oil painting on Canvas   45x60cm (approx. 17.5x24ins)                     Sold

“....Come watch with me the shaft of fire that glows
    In yonder West; the fair, frail palaces....”
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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First Light on the Tay 11x19ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                           450  

... the sun rose through morning clouds illuminating them in a brief blaze of colour.

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Sunset over the Tay,  Oil painting of sunset

Sunset over the Tay    8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                        

.....the glowing trails are probably much higher and closer to the sun than the main clouds and much further away.

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January Sunset   8x10ins.    Oil on Canvas                                                            

I could paint every sunset. It’s not a complicated ambition.

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Tentsmuir Beach 10x12ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                              Sold

A painting composed of the geometry of light and the pattern of clouds and, I hope, very little else....

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Sunset oil painting - Barry Hill

Barry Hill 30 x36ins     Oil on Canvas                                                                      

The symbolism of “light” and the sun run through every core belief of our species and make the act of painting these subjects much more than a technical exercise

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Oil Painting of Dawn from Broughty Ferry Castle

North Sea Dawn   8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                             

An outdoor painting of the sunrise from my favourite spot - an elevated grassy bank round the back of Broughty Castle looking out to the North Sea.......

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Dawn painting of colour and light at sunrise

“The Dimming of the Day” 20x24ins.  Oil on Canvas        

When all my will is gone you hold me sway
I need you at the dimming of the day - Richard & Linda Thompson

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Study for Elemental Sunset  - Oil sketch of Sunset

Study for Elemental Sunset  8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                Sold

Playing with fire again...

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The low angle of the sun at sunrise and sunset batter the observer with the greatest range of colours and tones that can be seen by human eyes. No other subject comes close, and attempting to paint it is a massive challenge to the observational skills and the technique of an artist.

Sunshine of the Light of Letters

The Sunshine of the Light of Letters  24x26ins  Oil on Canvas                               

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” - Walt Whitman

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Oil Sketch of Dawn on the 11th September 2009

Oil Study for Dawn 11th September    8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas                                 Sold

With permission, I quote from the new owner of this work......

“How interesting that an intimate window has such a vast impact.  One might suppose that to communicate a deep-breath kind of landscape experience, a canvas would have to be physically large, encompassing peripheral vision.  This vast image proves that untrue; a huge space isn't dependant upon large canvas dimensions.”

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Sunset

Sunrise over the Tay   20x22ins. Oil on Canvas 

The East coast of Scotland gives an onlooker the chance to see superb sunrises with every colour of the rainbow and seemingly every colour harmony possible.

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Sunset colours - Light in clouds at Sunset oil sketch

Rain Shower - Sunset 2  10x12ins.     

One of two studies taken from quick aquarelle pencil sketches of a thin raincloud highlighted by the setting sun

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Red Cloud - Sky painting of Sunset

Red Cloud 10x11ins.                              

I built up the colour of the cloud, layer by layer in an effort to make it glow like it would in nature....to build up a depth that one feels one is looking into rather than just glancing at the surface.

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Small oil painting of dawn at sea

Dawn study 5  6x7ins Oil on Canvas    

Oil painting of suns rays - Breaking through

Breaking Through   10x12ins.               

I’ve always been drawn to skies like this the atmosphere triangulates the position of the sun behind the main clouds.

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Modern Art Landscape - colours of evening sky

Dawn Study  6x7ins. Oil on Canvas   

Painting the sun is an aspirational thing for me ever since I was told in my secondary school that “No artist has ever painted the sun”

This rather global statement was followed by the more practical observation that “It’s too bright”

This intrigued me at the time and has done ever since.

The Malvern Hills - Oil painting of red sunset

The Malvern Hills   100x120 cm   (approx. 40x50ins)  Oil on Canvas                                   Commission

When Turner was berated by a lady who informed him that She had never seen a sunset like “That” he replied “Perhaps, madam, but..... would you not like to?”

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Red sunset colour study - Oil painting on gesso - Discovery Dawn

Colour Study for “Discovery Dawn”        

...Transparent oil glazing was built up over a thick high toned underpainting to progressively intensify the depth of color.

 

 

Contemporay Fiery Sunset - Paintings of sunset

Sunset High Wind  20x22ins.                

...one of my first outdoor sky studies, painted in the Scottish Borders from a prehistoric Hill Fort.

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