New Series: Roundhay Park

"After visiting the park for over twenty years (and wearing out two and a half dogs in the process) it has become a familiar and known terrain, its landmarks firmly rooted in the history of where I live and work.

I wanted to attempt a visual reappraisal of the landscape and rather than paint those familiar landmarks I wanted to focus on its wild beauty. For a city park it has an unruly nature that once you’re off the beaten track seems untamed (although we know it’s very well maintained).

There are so many elements of the park to inspire those that appreciate natural themes. For me it’s about a connection with vital open space, the reflections on the water; cloud; stone; wood. Its wildlife, the birds and the sounds of crows, rooks and waterfowl. Colour, texture, natural form transformed by constantly changing weather, the passing of the seasons, time rolling on".

David's new series "Roundhay Park" is available to view and buy at Art Roundhay Park until 3rd June.

10am - 4pm, The Mansion Conservatory, Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Leeds LS8 2HH. 

His series can be purchased from this website here (click through).

 

New Series: Still Life

A series of small paintings about observation. All the information required to make the painting lies before me. My job is to look at how light renders the object and recorded it using brush and paint. I sketch a small outline in white chalk for positioning. I finished this series last year. The originals are now available to buy.

The Creative Process: Portuguese Gardens

The surrounding gardens of a hotel provided the inspiration for a playful series of images using the seemingly random layout of trees and shrubs. The lack of formality lead to some unusual juxtapositions of shape and colour. Initially a series of collages, I really enjoyed introducing a looser style when applying the paint for the foliage and flowers which is contrasted with the almost flat background.

The more time I spent amongst the gardens the more I wanted to put down the shapes and colours I was seeing. The bright Mediterranean sunlight gave the foliage sharp edges and beautifully contrasting colours against a brilliant blue sky. Despite the deep shadows I began to see the final images as flat - almost like a stage set, where the scenery has been wheeled into place, which of course meant that anything could go anywhere - the freedom to compose the final paintings with no regard to formal notions of making it real. When I returned to the studio at home I made some quick drawings in a notebook - exploring different ways of making the paintings. The collages that I eventually made from the sketches hold all the information I needed to make the final paintings which are all about colour, using basic shapes nothing too sophisticated - overall plant shapes reduced to a graphic shape.

The original series of Portuguese Gardens is available to buy here (click through) and prints are available to buy here (click through).

NEW SERIES: PORTUGUESE GARDENS

Portuguese Gardens

The surroundings gardens of a hotel provided the inspiration for a playful series of images using the seemingly random layout of trees and shrubs. The lack of formality lead to some unusual juxtapositions of shape and colour. Initially a series of collages, I really enjoyed introducing a looser style when applying the paint for the foliage and flowers which is contrasted with the almost flat background.

All original pieces from this series, using acrylic on board, are available to buy from this website through this link here. 

If you would prefer to see the originals, please contact me at Dave@davidlyonart.co.uk to arrange a viewing.

The English Art Co.

It’s been a busy time and we’ve some exciting news. As my art evolves, I’m aware that these posts have a commercial note, which is too far removed from my creative processes and the core of my work.

We’ve decided to separate our works - David Lyon Art will be solely my painting and drawing, the creative process, techniques, sketches and gallery exhibitions and news.

The English Art Company is a new company, set up by Catriona, which focuses on design-led prints, greeting cards, stationery and homewares, the more “commercial” end of my art i.e. Wildflowers, Just One Blackbird and Inkflowers. The English Art Co. will license my images (not just mine but other artists too) to produce greeting cards, stationery, prints, note journals, homewares….it’s early days but when things are up and running, I’ll let you know. Here’s a taster.

Progress can be followed at www.theenglishartco.co.uk and on Instagram/TheEnglishArtCo

The Moon, The Lake, The Tree & The Boat - Acrylic on Board

This is interesting and completely dumbfounded Catriona. She couldn’t believe it when we returned from this holiday in December 2012 and saw the series of paintings and notes that I'd completed in the studio over a month or so before we'd left.

"I made The Moon, The Lake, The Tree & The Boat a week or two before I observed the very same combination of shape and colour whilst on holiday at a fishing loch in Northumberland which was closed down for the winter. One particular night it had been snowing and the loch had begun to freeze. We were walking Oscar around the top of the loch. I stopped and turned to look at the full moon reflected in the water - and there was the image I'd made before I'd left. The Moon, the loch, the trees and an upturned rowing boat. Okay, the tree wasn't red but rather oddly the predominant colour of the estate woodwork (lodge doors, cottage doors, wood trims) was bright crimson".

Here are her photos and this is the final piece, the original, which we still have at home.

 

 

"Just One Blackbird..." finds its way to New York

It’s been an interesting week. One of the “Just One Blackbird...” images was picked up at a trade show in New York, Surtex, a show for original art and design. I’m not sure how, but I can only assume via PG Live, where I exhibited last month. A journalist from the New York Examiner has since interviewed me. The American market could be a new opportunity and one I want to explore. Many thanks to Meagan Meehan the journalist who published the article.

“Just One Blackbird...” 

"A series of 12 acrylic in hardboard paintings created from sketchbook doodles as an exercise in wish fulfilment.  

“Why don’t birds visit the garden as frequently? The colours used are an intensified palette to emphasise the imaginary nature of the series. The gardens are impressionistic with key elements reduced to graphic symbols (which follow on from the “Wildflowers” series).

Since the series was completed the birds have returned in larger numbers and in greater variety."

The full range can be seen here and the originals are available to buy here.

NEW WORK - CHARCOAL DRAWINGS

The recent drawings of the sparrow and the white blackbird are the result of an ongoing fascination with birds, and their symbolism within our history and culture. The bird in flight is a symbol of freedom, particularly intellectual and creative freedom, but also has other meanings. This particular sparrow was drawn just after events in Paris. The symbolism is multi-layered, the common sparrow rising above. White blackbirds also exist, albinoism occurring in birds as in humans. The sighting of an animal so rare is taken as a portent of dramatic change and has magical connotations.

The original sketches are available to buy as the original charcoal on paper (here), or as limited edition prints (here). We use Headrow Gallery in Leeds for all our framing and can arrange for you, if required.