Landscape L905, Sharpenhoe Series, Near Roberts Farm, The Chiltern Hills. 2016.

L905-web

Mixed media: graphite, soluble crayon and acrylic on white paper. 2016. Signed and dated on reverse

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Landscape L905, Sharpenhoe Series, Near Roberts Farm, The Chiltern Hills. 2016.

Landscape L904, Sharpenhoe Series, The Chiltern Hills. 2016.

L904-web

Mixed media: graphite, soluble crayon and acrylic on white paper. 2016. Signed and dated on reverse

Landscape L904, Sharpenhoe Series, The Chiltern Hills. 2016.

Recent Portrait (2016) for Exhibition Catalogue

NH Portrait 2 B&W 2

As I needed a new up-to-date portrait for the exhibition catalogue’s artist biography, Annie and I decided to go to a place near Bison Hill, as I make some pieces from this position. Annie took this image of me working on a new mixed media piece on an iPad. I like the mix of diagonals made by the tree and the incline. I have attached a landscape (L891, Near Bison Hill, The Chiltern Hills) made from near this spot late last year and which is being exhibited in my show ‘Silent Spaces’ at Alan Kluckow Fine Art. It was a very cold and ferociously windy day when I started making this. The noise the wind made as it blew up and across the escarpment was almost deafening and so constant that it made working very difficult. It is easy to forget when one looks at work in a gallery or studio, that the one element that is not present is the audible sound of the place itself. My show is called Silent Spaces for many reasons…….

L891 300dpi AKFA Screen

L891 Near Bison Hill, The Chiltern Hills. 2015 Mixed media. Signed on reverse. 180x130mm.

Recent Portrait (2016) for Exhibition Catalogue

Some new drawings 2 – The Chiltern Hills, January to March 2014, L790 to L800

L790, L793, L794, L795, L796, L797, L798, L799, L800. Various sizes. All Mixed media: graphite, soluble crayon and acrylic on white paper. Signed and dated on reverseL790 L793 L794 L795 L796 L797 L798 L799 L800

Some new drawings 2 – The Chiltern Hills, January to March 2014, L790 to L800

Landscape Drawing – Hillside with Distant Trees, April 2013

Landscape Drawing - Hillside with Distant Trees, April 2013

Soluble NeocolorII crayons on white paper. April 2013.

This is one of a couple of drawings I made recently using some colours new to my NeocolorII range of soluble crayons. I wanted to work some subtle colour variations into different areas and I deliberately didn’t introduce any coloured pencil or graphite into it, so it does look a bit different to some of my recent drawings.

Landscape Drawing – Hillside with Distant Trees, April 2013

Landscape Summer 2012 – Garden with Trees VI

Garden with Trees VI 2013

From my archives, Garden with Trees VI 2012. I thought it would be a change to post something brighter than my recent work, but I haven’t done anything bright since last year! So I’ve chosen this. The trees here have still not leafed in any significant way. feels like we are 6 weeks behind the normal season.

Mixed media: coloured pencil, crayon and acrylic paint on white paper. 26cm x 14.5cm. 2012.

Landscape Summer 2012 – Garden with Trees VI

Landscape Sketch in the Chiltern Hills Early April 2013

Landscape Sketch April 2013 - 1

Mixed media: crayon, coloured pencil, graphite and pastel on white paper, April 2013.

A sketch of a solitary copse of trees in a field in the Chiltern Hills made in early April, while the weather was still dull and wintry. I will post some more small sketches in the next week. A big thank you to all who follow me and thanks to all who give me insights into their own work and such pleasure and inspiration through what they share in return. Nicholas.

Landscape Sketch in the Chiltern Hills Early April 2013

Landscape Drawing – Chiltern Hills UK March 2013

Landscape - Chiltern Hills 2013 - 3

Mixed media: graphite, coloured pencil, crayon, pastel, acrylic paint on white paper, March 2013

It was still wintry in the Chiltern Hills over the Easter holidays and the distant landscape of gentle hills and woods looked drab on first view, but there was colour everywhere, especially as the grey cloud lifted and one’s eyes started to pick out the intense subtleties all around, especially the colouring that new buds give to the twiggy outlines of the still leafless trees. I used a tight earthy palette of colours for this drawing.

Landscape Drawing – Chiltern Hills UK March 2013

Residual Trace – Developing Work

Residual-Trace-II-2013

Residual Trace 2013 – III

This is an iPad generated image that I produced a while back to help me in developing my drawing practice direction. The drawing on my ‘About’ page is made using coloured pencils and crayon (neocolorII) and is part of my very latest work in conventional media that has directly come out of this. The ‘Residual Trace Series’ was a body of work that I first started adding to in the mid nineties. I’m fascinated by what we leave behind us, how we extrapolate ideas of the past from what we see of the past through what little is left to us. My return to the residual trace series in a slightly new way, signals my intended transition back to more abstract works in the future. The drawing below of a Tuscan landscape of fields was a precursor to all of these.

Tuscan Landscape – 2,  2012

Drawing Tuscan Landscape II

 

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Residual Trace – Developing Work