Isolation: Top Withens 3, original oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm (canvas size excluding frame) available from The Old Grammar School Gallery, Otley, from 29 November 2014.
Every year in late October, early November I take a week off work and painting to spend some time exploring and gathering images for future paintings. This year we returned to Ambleside which is a favourite haunt and we were so very lucky with the weather.
Lots of images captured to keep me painting for the next 12 months but the biggest bonus for was to be able to complete the Fairfield round. This is a walk we attempted four years ago when we woke up to snowfall, blue skies and the temptation of tramping in crisp, fresh snow… that day we only got as far as Great Rigg before a snow storm meant we had to turn back.
We’ve done it now and although the sun was a bit too bright for really good photos, I did get enough images to keep me going. Downside though was my trusty walking boots bit the dust… so not happy about that!
Earlier this year I received an email from the University who were interested in using some of my work for their brand new research students area in the School of Education. The School was the very first place I started working at all those years ago (20 years in fact!) and it’s where I studied for my Masters degree, so I was, as you can imagine, really keen to be involved and actually re-visit the School and have a nosey around the old building where I used to work.
It’s taken a few months to sort out but we eventually decided on a few images which were then to be printed on a much larger scale that I’d normally print them. Now this was quite an interesting process for me as I’ve had people ask me for larger sizes of my prints but I’ve never actually progressed this further and I’ve certainly never considered having them printed on canvas.
Earlier this week I bobbed along to see the work being installed and to check out how the larger scale prints looked and I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised… so much so I’ve ordered a raft of test prints of new images on a larger scale. Not as large as the Ribblehead Viaduct print but about twice the size of my usual prints.
So I’m waiting patiently (and slightly nervously) for these test prints to come back so watch this space I may be offering some new larger images very shortly!
Winter Show, The Biscuit Factory, NEWCASTLE
21 November 2014 until March 2015
For those of you who have visited the Biscuit Factory you will know that this gallery is large not only in terms of space but the number of artists they exhibit. The space is ideal for my larger pieces of work and as such I will be providing the gallery with this collection of new large landscapes.
All of the paintings shown above have been specially created for this exhibition and will be shown in public for the first time at the preview on Friday 21 November. Prices range from £850 for the smaller pieces to £950 for the larger 100 x 100 cm paintings.
Paintings are available from The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle from 21 November 2014. Contact Sam directly for further details.