Lochside 洛克塞

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2016

90cms (W) x 70cms (H)

Oil on Canvas

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This painting is of a small town beside a loch on the west coast of Scotland. I was driving up from lancashire on the way to Islay, which is a small island off the west coast of Scotland that is famous for very peaty/smokey whiskey. There's a small bridge that has a single road on it so you have to stop for a while while traffic comes in the opposite direction. If you like Smokey whiskey, Islay is a fabulous place and the journey there (car and ferry) is very beautiful. This stop at the bridge is part of probably one of the most beautiful parts of the journey. I was attracted by the idea of painting a town and these large fishing boats as being dominated by these huge hills, clouds and the loch (lake). I work for a company that makes off road vehicles, and when you're in one of those you catch yourself feeling like you're in control of nature because you can drive over it. However, in certain places in the world, you get the complete opposite sensation.

I actually painted in the cars I was driving at the time in the car park, and i'm standing on the pier.

From a practical perspective, I liked that this didn't require much use of green (I hate green paint) as it was mainly tertiary colours and greys.

This took a huge amount of time to paint because up until this time i'd never attempted my detailed style on a large scale and I didn't adjust my approach. I lost interest after a few months having painted the top half of the painting (clouds, mountains, village and pier) because most of that is actually very boring to paint. I left it for several months with no progress, almost giving up. When I finally got my second rush of adrenaline, the picture had actually accumulated a layer of dust which actually got mixed in in certain areas when I was painting the lake.

这幅画描绘的是苏格兰西海岸一个湖边的小镇。我当时正开车从兰开夏郡去艾莱岛(Islay)。艾莱岛是苏格兰西海岸的一座小岛,以泥炭味/烟熏威士忌闻名。这座岛上有一座小桥,桥只有一条路,所以有车辆从相反方向驶来时,必须要停下等待。如果你喜欢烟熏威士忌,那艾莱岛是个很好的选择地,而且去那里的路途(汽车或渡轮)也非常美丽。在桥上等待的这一段时间可能是旅程中最棒的一部分。于是我有了想法,画一个小镇和这些被巨大的山、云和湖水环绕大的型渔船。我工作的公司生产越野车,如果能开上一辆的话,你会觉得整个大自然都在你的掌控之中,因为你可以开车越野。不过,在世界上的某些其他地方,你会有种完全不一样的感觉。

其实我把我自己开的车也画进了这幅画里,就在停车场,我自己本人正站在码头上。

从实操的角度来看,好在这幅画没太用太多绿色(我讨厌画绿色),因为它主要是一些三次色和各种灰色。

这幅画花费了我大量的时间,因为在此之前我还没有尝试过大规模的细节风格,也没有调整过画法。在花了几个月时间画这幅画上半部分(云、山、村庄和码头)以后,我慢慢失去了兴趣,因为大部分内容画起来很无聊。搁置了好几个月,没有任何进展,几乎放弃了。当我终于有了第二次兴趣的时候,这幅画已经积了一层灰尘,在画湖水的时候,有的部分混进了这些灰尘。