Friday, 10 April 2015

The Lingholm Estate Derwentwater Fells South Triptych Rob Miller RSA

The Lingholm Estate Derwentwater Fells South Triptych
Sergeants Crag and Goats Crag waiting to go on the wall.

The Lingholm Estate Derwentwater Fells Triptych. South. In the Stone room resting against the Oak Panalling are the two side pieces of the triptych. Painted using Pip Seymour acrylics on Harris-Moore Canvases.  On the left Sergeants Crag above High Lodore and on the right Goats Crag amongst others below High Spy. They are waiting to go up either side of The Jaws of Borrowdale which probably represents the most famous of Lake District Views. Whilst developing ideas for the piece I delved into the painters history of Derwentwater and its influence on Gainsborough, Constable, Turner and many others such as Wordsworth and Ruskin. Whilst working on the canvas  in Lingholm's Chapel my readings took me on a kind of sublime quest. As I painted I imagined Constable stood in different parts of my painting or view, centuries ago, exploring his  own view in all weather. What stimulus took them to the shores of this lake. I took to going for walks after working for 4 or 5 hours on a part of the canvas and tried to explore how my work inherits from the tradition made by Turner and Constables footsteps. I  produced a whole series of  smaller drawings and pochades en plein air inside the pieces.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Blackshaw Head Pennine

Blackshaw Head Oil on Board 24x30cm Rob Miller
Easter on the high Pennine near Blackshaw Head and the Bride Stones. I love this time of the year when the low sun gets stronger and sends light shooting and spraying through the clouds.