High Stile and Coastal Light

High Stile and Coastal Light are the names of two of my oil paintings which have been in the brilliant Northern Lights Gallery in Keswick. I want to say a big thank you to Tim Fisher who owns the gallery for selling both paintings in the last week to different clients.

He does a great job in keeping the gallery open every day, on his own, as all the staff are furloughed and is also holding solo exhibitions by featured artists on the top floor of the gallery. If you are ever in the LakeDistrict it’s well worth a visit to Keswick to check it out. There are dozens of artists represented and lots of beautiful sculpture and glassware on three floors.

High Stile is a mountain in the Lake District overlooking Crummock Water and Buttermere. My painting was created at the south end of the beck which leads towards Buttermere.

Coastal Light is all about the light and my attempts at a looser less detailed rendering of the landscape or in this case seascape. The endless fascination of painting in oils comes with the realisation that there are so many techniques and effects which can be explored just with the brushwork alone. I find I sometimes have to try to move away from overstating every detail about the subject, which is I suppose my natural instinct. The truth is I’m always learning something new about painting, which, as in any occupation is the thing that always brings you back for more.