Monday, 21 November 2011

Northern Impressions catalogue of paintings by Rob Miller

Click here for the northern impressions catalogue

 Catalogue of my recent "Impressions work showing the journey made from Andalusia to the North of England. Some of the smaller pieces are currently on show at the barefoot gallery Boston Leeds. Please click on the caption to take you to northern impressions posted on the  issuu online magazine rack.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Painting of Rossthwaite Borrowdale Autumn III A painting by Rob Miller

Rossthwaite Borrowdale track Autumn
Acrylic on canvas
Work in progress

Rossthwaite, in the heart of Borrowdale; this is a wonderful track deep cut through ancient woods with high walls and moss covered boulders and trees; the warm autumn sun is still able to get through a full canopy of leaves spreading a sparkle of autumnal reds on the track floor. Its the third composition of this work and I think this is an improving one but still a work in progress. 

Painting of Striding Edge Helvellyn Lake District by Rob Miller RSA

Striding Edge summertime

Looking down on Striding Edge
preliminary  drawing
mixed media 

Looking along and up Striding edge to Helvellyn
preliminary pencil and watercolour on paper

Preparation for a series of paintings on Cumbria's ridges. 

Striding edge is one of the iconic mountain routes in England and a great training ground for Scottish Welsh and basic Alpine ridge routes, albeit a popular day out for my old sheepdog Ben who simply loved scampering around its airy rocks before the walk and descent down Dow Crag to the camp site and pub at Brothers water.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Rossthwaite autumn A painting by Rob Miller

Tonal composition
Rossthwaite Cumbrian Autumn
Acrylic on canvas
Lakeland in autumn is awe personified. I know, I can crow on about Rivington and the beech groves at Tockholes but here you have old gnarled oak and ash crowded together by their own ancient, most venerable choice on a mossed scree slope, roots and branches linked as if they are but one. To walk here in autumn is to be in thrall to natures bounty. The land of the poets you just want to curl up like an owl or a badger and paint and write. The issue  for the painter  in autumn is that if you concentrate more on colour than the overall tonal quality of the work the work becomes more absracted  and can get a confused look the second black and white version shows more control. Is this work abstract or the essence, whatever on a continuum its towards abstraction?

Painting of Blackbeck Buttermere Rob Miller RSA

Blackbeck and Buttermere
Mixed media

Blackbeck Tarn and Buttermere
Mixed media
Blackbeck, the name conjures up what you actually feel but not what you see,  facing north and under the dark mined cliffs of Fleetwith Pike its true the sun shines rarely here but even when it doesn't the beck is a resplendant slice of silver sluicing fast through a dank, deep dark trough of stone. In the valley below Buttermere forms a silver flash, its a great mountain place for peace and meditation When I came here it was quiet everyone around had as ever gone on to the tops complexity. So I sat on my slice of karrimat and painted bliss..and bliss