Landscapes by ‘featured artist’ Ann Johnson, whose website you can view to find out more about her work. You can also read a conversation between Ann and myself (2011) here. Please also see our ongoing collaboration of animal art and poetry Creatura.
These paintings are work-in-progress for an exhibition of mainly landscapes with painter Julian Sutherland-Beaton who paints many cityscapes. This will be held next March at Eastbourne’s Birley Centre.
I hardly ever paint from real life these days. I walk on the downs and around neighbouring gardens and the information lodges in my head. This is my favourite time of year for both observation and sheer enjoyment as the astonishing autumn structures are really getting going. I never tire of marvelling at the skeletal complexity of the downland plants. As I have drawn them over the years, they work their way into my paintings and some are shown here.
Two of these paintings are re-worked, which I really enjoy doing. If a painting doesn’t hang together, I put it away, sometimes for months, then examine it anew. Because I have regular crits with a group of local creative friends, they can provide honest and objective insight, which they did with the two re-worked pictures here.
1 – Pink landscape, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm
2 – Grey garden, oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm (re-worked)
3 – The Farm, oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm (re-worked)
4 – Blue Pathway, oil on canvas, 60 x 70cm
5 – Red barns, oil on canvas, 60 x 70cm