Wednesday, 27 February 2013

George Rowlett painting the River Thames and Uist

Today I saw a work by George Rowlett which had won a £1,500 Runner Up Prize in the art competition for the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize.

Advancing blue, yellow barges, Thames Barrier, early afternoon
by George Rowlett
Rinner Up, Lynn Painter Stainer Prize 2013
George's work is not so much impasto as huge slabs of paint which are trowelled onto and moved around the support - with a trowel. This is Mark Glazebrook writing about George Rowlett and the Art of Landscape
It was therefore fascinating to find out that there are a couple of videos on YouTube about how he paints plein air.  You will be amazed at the way he transports huge paintings covered in massive amounts of paint....

Here are two films:

George Rowlett painting the River Thames (and I know some of those locations!)


George Rowlett painting on Uist March 2011

and this is how he gets them back to his studio

Sunday, 3 February 2013

iPlayer: More British Landscape Painting

This Green and Pleasant Land: The Story of British Landscape Painting is still available to view on iPlayer. It's available until12 February.
Documentary looking at how the British landscape has been depicted, from Flemish beginnings in the court of Charles I to the digital thumbstrokes of David Hockney's iPad.
It's also a repeat (and I've written about it before - see This Green and Pleasant Land) but if, like me, you rather like watching good programmes more than once - or you missed it last time around - you won't mind that!

In following up on it, I've discovered a new blog called Some Landscapes - which is being added to my blogroll
This site is about landscapes and the arts. It highlights ways in which landscape has been evoked, depicted or transformed in painting, photography, literature, music and film.
It includes a blog post about the programme called The Mountain That Had to Be Painted

The Mountain That Had to be Painted - in BBC iPlayer
Here's the link to The Mountain That Had to Be Painted on iPlayer - about the painters Augustus John and James Dickson Innes - it's available until 8th February.
Documentary about the painters Augustus John and James Dickson Innes who, in 1911, left London for the wild Arenig Valley in North Wales. Over three years, they created a body of work to rival the visionary landscapes of Matisse.