Thursday, 15 May 2014

Orkney Cliff tops - acrylic impasto landscape

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'A long way down' - Orkney Cliffs - acrylic impasto 5x5 inches

This is the third of the four miniature landscapes I'm doing for the Latheron Art Fair being held at the end of May. 

Unlike the others, this isn't one from an Instagram photo that I took. Instead I used one of S's many wonderful photographs as inspiration.  Because the canvas was square I ended up cutting off most of the cliff top at the left hand side as I wanted the scene to be mostly ocean. 

S took this photo during one of his work trips to Orkney. He's been there several times with work since we moved to Scotland but unfortunately I've yet to get there for a visit. Apparently it's beautiful and very well set up for tourists with lots of wonderful little art and craft shops - I'm looking forward to being able to get over there for a few days but in the meantime, I'll have to make do with the photos S takes when he's there!


Orkney Islands Cliff top+Steve McLean Photography
Credit: S - View from Orkney Islands Cliff Top

After posting the last landscape of Stormy Strathy, I decided to lighten the sky a little bit as I decided it was a bit too dark.  This is it reworked:

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'Stormy Strathy' - acrylic impasto 5x5 inches

Lots of other things going on at the moment - I have about 8 different works in progress - the thing with impasto (apart from how much paint I'm getting through!) is that it needs drying time so I have several pieces at various stages of completion which I've never done before - I like it although our dining room, which is currently my 'studio,' is starting to be taken over with art work! I can't wait until the lovely S builds me a studio in our garden but that's a whole other post!

20 comments:

  1. oooh your new painting is fab, Nic, so touchable. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. this is really wonderful! the impasto style gives it a lot of energy. i can just hear the waves crashing!!

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  3. A long way Down is fantastic. The word I want to use for the impasto style here is 'earthy' which is hardly appropriate here, and there is no such word as 'sea-ey' There is terrific energy going on, the feel of the wind and waves. If it were on my wall I should be looking at it all day, my eye roving round and round it. It just has the edge on Strathspey, though I am sure if I had seen that first that would perhaps be my favourite.
    If you do go to Orkney, I hope you get the chance to visit The Italian Chapel, though I think it is on the next island. There is a book about it, called The Italian Chapel, a very good read, about how it was built from concrete by Italian POWs in WW2 because they needed a church of their own. You can also find a good bit about it on Google and see some of the lovely murals that a couple of the artist prisoners painted.
    I would love to go, I've never been past Inverness though, but I would love to have seen it. Perhaps S might get a chance to see it.

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  4. I love to see how many ways you can capture beauty with your art. I agree with all Jez says :) And i'll ad that sometime a place you want to travel to is better in the imagination where fantastic things can happen and little can go wrong.

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  5. your impasto style goes so perfectly with nature's beautiful scenery Nic- I love it!!

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  6. These look great Nic - I think you should go "big" and take over the whole house with your artwork, then the studio will have to be built much quicker! xx

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  7. It looks like the place where my sister lives.... but it is in Canary Islands. Eheheh!! Great piece!

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  8. It must be very handy being married to such a great photographer!
    Wow! This is AMAZING!!! And how fabulous to have so many works in progress! It seems you really are settling with impasto - you are clearly a natural! :0)

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  9. I read the comments from Jez. The Italian chapel is very moving. I went there a couple of years ago. There is also a lovely winery next to it that makes lovely blackberry liqueur . A reason to go surely ! :) live your seascapes . They are so full of energy!!! X

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  10. Love that impasto look. So much texture. Very nice seascape.

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  11. Wow Nic you just keep making the best art. I love the texture. Well done!
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  12. The clifftop photo is breathtaking and you've done a fine job with the painting. An art studio in a garden sounds like a fabulous idea! Oh, make him do that! lol :) PS - Heading to Ft. Myers' next week for a hockey tournament. Have you been to Coconut Point Mall? Let me know when you plan to return to Florida. I love that area and so does my daughter. I could bring her with me. :) Happy Weekend!!

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  13. I love your interpretation of this wonderful area....the energy of the smashing waves is very life like! Love the vibrant colors too....just a huge reminder of how gorgeous nature is as our first canvas!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. That impasto-technique really gives a wonderful result for these landscape-paintings. And it seems like you have loads of beautiful inspiration all around you, that photo is incredible. Isn't it fun working on that many pieces at the same time? I love it when i can just switch from one to the other and then all of a sudden they are all finished and you have a whole bunch of new artworks ;-)

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  15. these are fantastic,and so very different than what you were doing last time I stopped by! I have never tried impasto style...

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  16. Your impasto work is beautiful, Nic! I hope all goes well at the Art Fair. :)

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  17. I love this whole series and this one is my favourite.... They capture the wildness so perfectly and your great sense of structure still comes through.... As to a studio.... Hope it is a big one so all the fur babies can come and visit... They would hate you being away from the house I am sure... Sounds exciting though...xx

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  18. Wow, that is a lot of paint and layers. Very appealing to the senses!

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  19. These pieces are just beautiful! And I love that they are taken from photographs. The scene is just gorgeous and I can see why you'd want to paint it. And that style is so cool - such amazing texture! Oh, and I also really love the character piece below too. Can't wait for SOC too - thank you!! xoxo

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  20. Sigh, that photo S took made my heart stop it was so beautiful. And your paintings give it a run for its money! I would want to paint that scene too. And go visit it myself. :)

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