Growing up in rural Lincolnshire, a county of flatlands, big skies and far-reaching horizons, I developed a love of the countryside and nature, whatever the season, whatever the weather. As my own horizons spread, I became fascinated with the landscape, vast or small, thunderous or quiet; from soaring mountains to reed lined creaks, contorted trees thick with lichen…
…. or windswept beaches adorned with tide-washed pebbles.
The form, colour and textures of these wild places provide constant inspiration; from the dark, brooding gritstone of Derbyshire…
….to the sea-fret, with all its soft hues, shrouding the North Norfolk coast.
I make sketches and notes, take photographs…. but mainly, when out in the landscape I just walk or sit, watching, seeing, listening, absorbing the essence of the place. Returning to the studio, I explore all my notes, drawings and experiences, working with charcoal, inks and watercolours: mediums that are fluid and spontaneous, unpredictable even. Allowing the watercolour or ink to run and pool, to build up soft layers; the work evolves almost organically, intuitively, until it becomes a distillation of my emotional response to the landscape rather than a specific representation of the location.
Words and Art by: Carolyn Roberts (@)
Article Commissioned by: Rebecca Nickolls (@becknickolls @artistscribbles)
For another great watercolour article read Stephen Rooney’s article on representing snow in watercolour here: https://artistscribbles.com/2015/03/02/bright-white-light-broke-through-the-gathering-snow-artist-stephen-rooney-on-his-wonderful-watercolour-snowscape/
and Thomas Schaller’s article on “Listening to Your Painting” here: https://artistscribbles.com/2015/03/18/306/
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