Jackdaws At Dusk

Jackdaws At Dusk

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Elfyn Lewis


Just had an "Ah ha!" moment. Following links about Brenden Burns from Google led me to reading an interview with him, which I added to my post about him previously, where he mentions Elfyn Lewis winning the Welsh Artist of the Year award, the first painter to win it since 2005. Googling Elfyn Lewis then led to me to sites featuring his paintings and I immediately recognised them as the work of an artist I saw in the Eisteddfod last summer, 2010. They were only small paintings but caught my eye because of the unbelievably thick layers of acrylic paint used. The canvas was on a thick stretcher, about two inches, and the paint had been allowed to dribble down the sides, he must have painted on them horizontally. The site I've linked to above quotes him as saying he uses Squeegees, trowels and even cassette tapes to scrape the paint from top to bottom or left to right. The paintings that I saw in the exhibition had what looked like at least ten layers of paint layered one on top of the each other, and each one looked to have been left to dry before adding another layer. They were so tactile because they still looked wet and fluid. I felt too self conscious to have a go at copying the colour etc used in the painting into my sketchbook because there were so many people there (a pathetic excuse I know) but the memory of seeing the paintings is still very fresh in my mind.


This link is to a BBC page which shows and talks about the winning painting for the Welsh Artist of the Year, and also mentions winning the Gold medal for Fine Art in the 2009 Eisteddfod in the Bala. This is obviously an artists to keep an eye on and I'm glad his paintings caught my attention.


Here's his website, with a huge collection of his paintings. One of the paintings that I remembered seeing in the Eisteddfod was similar to Cae Melyn (Which means "Yellow Field" in Welsh). I just remember that intense yellow colour. I also remember something similar to Carno which had a small section in the top layer that only partly covered the thicker layers underneath, allowing then to show through.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Lucian Freud Tenby Harbour 1944

Lucian Freud Tenby Harbour 1944 From Oriel y parc website, St Davids, West Wales.

Watercolour, crayon and charcoal on Ingres paper. It will be on display in the gallery until the end of March, 2011.

What surprised me is how little has changed from my version that I did of Tenby Harbour after going on holidays there last summer.

It looks like he was much higher up on the cliffs doing his version as the harbour wall and houses are seen from above, whereas as mine is ground level. Mine also shows the new addition of some kind of ramp that much be used for the life rafts.