Painting outdoors again

24th May 2017 by Jo DunnThese paintings are from 3 weeks ago, the first time I painted outdoors this year. I worked alongside friend and colleague, Michael Daly. He asked me to use his paints, brushes and preparation techniques, which are all different to mine. I’m very happy with the results.

24th May 2017 ii by Jo DunnAnd thanks to David, for his kindness and hospitality in allowing us to splash and daub in his lovely garden.

David's garden in Roundhay

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House Portrait #35

An art lover’s house in Roundhay, Leeds. The owners requested a drawing in colour and I was happy to oblige. Painted last week on watermarked T & J H Kent paper from c.1950.

Spot the difference

Trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, marked with yellow dots in a proposed Leeds city council private finance initiative felling plan.

Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Also known as the combat tree. Because camouflage is the art of not being seen, practised by predators, prey, plants… and soldiers.

Saving the Beech Wood
Management proposals – Friends of GV Woods

Thirteen spots

Yellow spots spray painted on beech trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Beech trees in the local woods, marked with yellow dots in a proposed felling plan. I think the spots are giving the trees stronger identities…

Links:
Felling of the Beech Wood – Save Gledhow Valley Woods
Management Plan – Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods

View from the Chevin

View from the Chevin IV, oil painting on paper. The last and favourite of my recent quartet of paintings about the view from the Chevin. This one sums it up best, the way I saw it in my head. I did a drawing with my eyes shut first to help me realise this. The town of Otley is represented by the brown lines, the reservoirs are in the mid disance and the Yorkshire Dales are beyond the horizon.

View from the Chevin IV

View from the Chevin III, watercolour. View of Otley from the Chevin - the hill that hangs over the town on the south side. This one actually shows the houses - as well as trees and moors.

View from the Chevin III

I painted the view a few times, each picture moving closer to how I saw it. To help with the last painting, I sketched it first with my eyes shut.

A pencil drawing with my eyes shut. I could see what I wanted to paint, but only in my mind's eye, not on the paper. This drawing helped.

View from the Chevin, eyes shut

Oil painting on paper of the view from the Chevin, a hill overlooking Otley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire. Keep going in the direction of the horizon and you get to the Yorkshire Dales.

View from the Chevin I

Clock changing woods

woods-23rd-march
woods 28th march
I’m losing sleep tonight. The clocks go forward and in the lost hour it feels like time to stop painting the trees and look for a different horizon.
Here’s a drawing with my eyes shut. It still looks like trees:
eyes shut drawing