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Landscape paintings

Landscape paintings…… Inspiration and aspiration.

Landscape paintings to me aren’t about boats in the harbour or cottages with white walls by turquoise seas.
Pretty villages are notably absent from my subject matter.
The greater elements of a landscape are far more absorbing to me than the myriad details which often feature in landscape paintings.
The sun, the sky and the earth we walk upon are my landscape paintings. This gives me my reason to paint – the vast basic shapes in a changing sky and the colours of the land beneath it.  As an artist, I don’t need much more than this….just a place to stand.

Painting of the dawn sky above the River Ythan - Dawn River Ythan

Dawn River Ythan      8x10ins.      Oil on Canvas      £300

Landscape at dawn. A view of the River Ythan, north of Aberdeen
Dawn River Ythan

 

Large landscape painting of sky and clouds near Forteviout, Perthshire

Sky over Forteviot     Oil on Canvas    30x43ins.    Sold

The sky above Forteviot in Perthshire.
Sky over Forteviot

 

Tree Paintings - Old Oak tree at Normans Law

Old Oak Tree at Normans Law   20x24ins.      Oil on Canvas       £950

“Landscapes reflect the living synthesis of people and place vital to local and national identity. Landscapes, their character and quality, help define the self-image of a region, its sense of place that differentiates it from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives.”
“Landscape” …Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape    
Painting of an Oak Grove near Norman’s Law, Fife – Old Oak Tree at Norman’s Law

 

 

Cloudscape - River Earn  10x12ins.  Oil on Canvas  £250

River Earn Cloudscape  10x12ins.    Oil on Canvas    Sold

Clouds over the River Earn valley. One of my favourite places to observe the sky.
River Earn Cloudscape

 

 

Sheriffmuir 2 - Oil painting of soft low cloud at Sheriffmuir

Sheriffmuir 2    8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas   Sold

Sheriffmuir on a day of soft low cloud. The second of two paintings which I began outdoors here on that day.
Sheriffmuir 2

 

 

Large landscape oil painting of sky over the River Earn Valley

Sky over the Earn Valley    30x43ins.    Oil on Canvas   Sold

The sky at this spot is rarely still and always seems to be doing something.
Large landscape painting  – Sky over the Earn Valley

 

Waterfall at Reekie Linn, Angus, Scotland

Waterfall at Reekie Linn   20x30ins.    Oil on gesso      Sold

The forces of nature themselves can be the subject of a landscape painting. To the observer at the foot of these falls, the noise is a major element of the experience – a constant booming roar which must somehow be reflected in the painting. This particular landscape has a tremendous presence, in the way that some places just do. 
Landscape paintings – Waterfall at Reekie Linn

 

Landscape paintings - Trees in sunlight at the edge of a wood in the Sidlaw Hills

Where the Deer Were       10x12ins.    Oil on Canvas       Sold

I paint to explore these elements of our natural world….sky and land, clouds, trees, rivers and the sea. The relationships which are brought to life between them at different times of the day in different lights motivate me. The significance of these moments is the central theme in my landscape paintings.   
Painting of trees Where the Deer Were

 

Oil painting of light surrounding the River Tay

Light for the River    20x30ins.     Oil on gesso       £950

Right outside my studio, the largest river in the country pushes eastwards through the landscape and joins with the North Sea a few miles from here, a river so wide that it often directly influences the sky above it and “makes” is own cloud formations that follow above the course of the river – another huge interaction.   
Painting of light above the River Tay – Light for the River

 

Landscape painting of Loch Sunart

Loch Sunart     20x24ins.    Oil on Canvas        £950

A growing awareness of our Earth’s environment as a fragile entity has only reinforced my belief that painting derived from direct observation of the natural world is an increasingly relevant path for an artist to take.   
Landscape paintings from the West Highlands – Loch Sunart

 

Landscape painting of Sheriffmuir in low cloud

Low Cloud – Sheriffmuir   8x10ins.    Oil on Canvas      Sold

Landscape paintings are composed not only of what lies before our eyes but also what lies within our heads.   
Outdoor oil painting  Low Cloud – Sheriffmuir

 

Tree Paintings - Old Oak tree at Normans Law

Old Oak Tree at Normans Law   20x24ins.      Oil on Canvas       £950

“Combining both their physical origins and the cultural overlay of human presence, often created over millennia, landscapes reflect the living synthesis of people and place vital to local and national identity. Landscapes, their character and quality, help define the self-image of a region, its sense of place that differentiates it from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives.”
“Landscape” …Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape    
Painting of an Oak Grove – Old Oak Tree at Norman’s Law

 

Oil painting of evening light in the sky

Evening Sky Study     8x10ins.      Oil on Canvas       £190

“With greater attention to the environmental perception by psychologists over recent decades, landscape is regarded as the raw material with which to study human perceptions and human information processing. Thus Daniels & Cosgrove defined landscape, not in physical terms but as an outward expression of human perception  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape   
Oil painting Evening Sky Study

 

Landscape painting of Loch Linnhe and sky above

Loch Linnhe     Oil on Canvas 10x12ins.      Sold

“As artists, our job is to get people to enjoy their vision, instead of just using it to get around,”  – Stine Vogt, painter, psychologist   
Landscape painting – Loch Linnhe

 

Oil painting of Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse 10x12ins. Oil on Canvas £250

A blue sky is mixed with the black of outer space, a single cloud might reach beyond the horizon and yet still be a subject on a canvas. A tree is a huge living organism, the sea we walk beside covers two thirds of the planet…on a clear night the subject might be made of a comet beyond the distance of the sun.
Oil painting –  Lunar Eclipse

 

Small oil painting of the sunset seen from Ardestie prehistoric earthouse

View from Ardestie     6x8ins     Oil on Canvas       Private Collection

It is matter of conjecture whether some landscapes have special attributes which make us react in a more positive way when present in them than in others.  I’m happy to accept this may the case without spending too much time wondering why. For some reason I’m drawn to landscape paintings from prehistoric sites and on many occasions have felt keen to paint from a particular place before learning that it had any prehistoric background associated with it. The ancestors just seemed to build things and do things in all the right places! 
Outdoor painting – View from Ardestie

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Landscape paintings

  1. Naomi December 26, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Ken. tonight I discovered images of your fabulous paintings on your website. Keep up the good work. Wonderful images of your place on Earth.
    Naomi Howard

    • KenB December 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Many thanks indeed Naomi

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