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'i Paint my own places Best'

 

..a great quote from

John Constable

 

ABOUT

HELLO, I'M LUCIA, AND I PAINT THE YORKSHIRE DALES IN THE GORGEOUS MEDIUM OF SOFT PASTELS...

       

Do you enjoy the Yorkshire Dales as much as I do? They offer me inspiration on a plate; how lucky I am to live here. Capturing their contours, simplifying them to their colourful best and sharing them in exciting compositions is my constant aim.

From earlier years spent in distant countries, I discovered my keen eye for light and colour: carefully chosen details now shape the mood of each Dales piece. I have lived amongst the dales and moors for over 30 years and we have become well acquainted – I love their timelessness, their hugeness, their solidity. Time spent walking here always gives me space to rejuvenate and rebalance; it is the only place I know where I can be simultaneously soothed and uplifted.

My paintings aim to offer the same: I choose scenes that, at any second, might change as the wind blows the clouds across the horizon, the shadows dance and the view alters – in other words, scenes to be watched!

 
 

TECHNIQUES

 
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I often draw my inspiration from the lofty Yorkshire Moors and the stunning Yorkshire skies - usually on a ramble with family and friends. They have learnt to be patient when I suddenly see something that I need to capture, either with my sketch pad or the camera!

Soft pastels are my key medium; I savour their vibrancy and immediacy. I start by carefully planning my composition, pinning down my vision, rythmn and colour pallette for the painting. I choose quality mount bnoard or heavy watercolour paper, and once the composition has been sketched to size, I cover the entire surface with an under-painting coat of acrylic or watercolour, which broadly defines the painting and gets rid of the distracting whiteness! This is then primed to improve the grip and grit of the surface.

I build up the soft pastel in layers – with some blending, some crisp edges, some textured areas, some areas heavy with pure pastel vibrancy. This gritty surface is not kind on my fingers, so the process has an oscillating rhythm and cannot be rushed! I am therefore not prolific... but this allows me more time to go walking... a superb balance of inspiration and creation.

 
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EXHIBITIONS

A big date for your diary:

PEBBLE PROJECTS FIRST EXHIBITION 5th - 15th APRIL 2018 at ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE

Last year I started a muse on a humble pebble, unexpectedly catapulting myself into the world of geology and a new synergy with 6 other very special artists. I shared my pebble muse and we became the PEBBLE PROJECTS.

....7 artists are now sharing the muse, creating in 7 very different ways... The APRIL exhibition shows our work collectively for the first time: pebbles giving us pigments, treasure, jewellery, pathways, friction, words, walks and lots more to ponder on. The exhibition includes work from my fellow PEBBLERS: Linda Dewart, Ken Jaqueiry, Libby Jubb, Anita Rowell, Kerry J Stoker, and Joanne Tinker.

My own muse takes us into another world, the one beneath the surface.... It turns out that what I paint literally depends on the rocks underneath: it is really the ROCKS which dictate the contours and colours. My paintings still aim to convey the experience of being in the Dales, but with a new element: the PEBBLE COLLECTION nudges you to consider the ancient geological stories which offer us these views. I hide a pebble shape in each of my newest paintings to remind us all to ponder, to look after our land, to wonder and revere.

Come along in April to find out more!

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Visit WEAVERBIRD WORKSHOP in Ilkley to see my collection of fine art prints.

 

Meanwhile, I will be working hard at my easel…. but I’m always happy to take a break to show you my work: if you’d like to see any of the pieces presented on this site ‘in the flesh’, do contact me to arrange a viewing.

 

 

COMMISSIONS

I am happy to work with you!

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Whether you require a single picture, or several; the capturing of a special view, or a colourful piece for a particular wall...

A PRIVATE COMMISSION gives you a very special picture, which is totally personal and unique.

Whatever your requirements, I would enjoy discussing the possibilities with you. You may be unsure of the starting point - I would be delighted to mull over your thoughts with you and help define the project.

A recent private commission gave me the chance to explore an area I was less familiar with: the moors around Grimwith Reservoir (see right). Here I was given free rein with colour and shape, but the client asked for certain shorelines to be visible, and for the piece to convey a certain mood.

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'Lucia kept us informed of progress - starting from early photographs for us to agree the best view, to receiving regular updates on the painting's progress... the result is a superb reflection of what we requested, ultimately the whole experience, and the picture itself, surpassed our expectations'

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Another commission was inspired when clients saw my 'Pen-y-ghent Speaks' picture. Together, we created 'Pen-y-ghent Awakens' (see right); matching composition, size and colour requirements so that it fit perfectly with their home: 'I was thrilled by the finished result, which was even more spectacular than I had envisaged in my mind's eye. Lucia's ability to realise her client's idea is immaculate - she retained my utter confidence throughout the creative process.'

 
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I WILL BE DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM YOU AND WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS I CAN:

EMAIL:     luci@luciasmith.co.uk

PHONE:     01943 603368 / 07833 257540

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