The Original Postcard painting that was sent to Twitterartexhibit2017
The painting above is a scan of the original canvas which is currently for sale in "The Arc at the Cloisters" in Appleby, Cumbria. This is a bigger version of a postcard sized painting I produced for a Twitterartexhit in 2017. The exhibition each year shows postcard sized works of art by artists all over the world from professional to new starters. Artists can produce a work of art on whatever subject they like and any style they wish. In 2017 the exhibition came to Stratford - upon - Avon, England, which coincided with me wanting to produce something different. As the exhibition is always for a nominated charity (Molly Olly's Wishes) I thought what better way to try out a new style.
"A Cumbrian Tarn" - what is it about?
A Tarn is a mountain lake or pool which has been created by a glacier in amphitheater like valley. In Cumbria there are quite a few of these dotted around the hills. This painting depicts Scales Tarn beneath Sharp Edge on Blencathra (Saddleback as it is known locally).
In the painting, Blencathra is on the left at the back showing off it's "Saddle back". My paintings are never accurate, for instance the Jungle series of paintings you will no doubt spot that there maybe an animal that shouldn't be in that setting. In the "ooo Look Squirrel!" painting you will also notice that Acorns don't appear at the same time as the Hawthorn Flowers. Those who have climbed up and had a picnic or a breather at the Tarn will no doubt say "Well that isn't there!" The beauty about art is that it can always start a conversation, that will then lead anywhere. I always image at the foot of any lake that has been created by glaciers there are fossils from before the big freeze, and then other things that have over the decades come to rest in them.
A Cumbrian Tarn: The process.
STAGE ONE: The Sky. I masked the hills off, when the paint had dried I pulled the tape off to reveal blue capped mountains. I thought this looked great and hoped it would show through the hills.
STAGE FOUR: The Flowers.
These kept evolving as I was painting them, small details started appearing!
STAGE TWO: The Hills. Nope the blue capped hills lost out. Maybe an idea for a creation somewhere else
STAGE FIVE: The Tarn. Whilst a Tarn is not tidial, it can get very windy up in the hills, so I added movement to the Tarn.
STAGE THREE: The Trees.
STAGE SIX: Rocks. Rocks finished, now to the fossils and bones.