The Winter Series

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A collection of paintings from the winter of 2012/2013. All of the paintings were painted directly outside in the snow. This was a real test of endurance, especially the first 10 minutes of painting. I find after the first 10 or so minutes I forget my physical condition, the cold biting at my naked face and hands, I enter into a kind of meditation. Many people have commented on me painting outdoors in the bitterness of Winter, ‘You’re crazy, just take a photo and go back to your studio to paint it’.

Painting isn’t easy, some days it’s difficult to stay motivated, especially with all the modern day distractions, even more so when you have the log burner roaring inside the home and there’s blizzard conditions outside. But, if you want to paint Winter, you have to feel Winter, at least that’s what I believe.

One of the worst things to experience as an artist, and I’m sure many will agree, is when you have arrived at a spot after walking 20-30 minutes, and then realise you’ve forgotton your palette, your yellow paint or even a canvas. When I was studying Art in London, I oftend painted landscapes, mainly in the large public parks and also along the Thames. After riding the underground from Brixton, to Battersea, I realised I’d actually forgotton to bring with me a canvas. I refused to go back home to Brixton and then return, it just seemed like such a waste of time. Extemely frustrated, I walked alongside the Thames, head down. Eventually, I came across an old piece of plywood, tatty around the edge but still, something to paint on. If Van Gogh could paint on cardboard, I could paint on plywood. So I did. 6 months later I sold the piece……. I think it’s the job of the Artist to make use of what they happen to have, what they can find and to ‘will’ it to create something out of nothing, Alchemy?

Andrew

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About Andrew Farmer

I am an Artist creating in South Yorkshire in the UK. My work is mainly inspired and painted directly from nature, timeless and traditional.
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3 Responses to The Winter Series

  1. artmoscow says:

    Kandinsky was painting on packaging carton after the revolution of 1917 in Russia. The type of carton where you have a corrugated layer between the two flats. I used to have one of those, and it was surprisingly firm, even after almost a hundred years!

  2. I think that if you are the type of artist that jumps from subject to subject, and i don’t mean that in a negative way by any means, hardboard, cardboard and other supports are fantastic, easily cut, easily obtained.

    thanks for your comment artmoscow!

  3. I really like these and I like the idea of needing to *feel* winter in order to paint it. I also think that if you take a photo and go inside and try to paint it that the quality of light and its feel is lost.

    I like your idea of finding whatever’s at hand as an artist and creating with it. Yes!

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