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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

How exciting was that! In conversation with Alan Titchmarsh about my soft pastel technique!

A great exhibition with my art colleagues of PEBBLE PROJECTS; lots of sales, and a fabulous stream of visitors to the wonderful gallery space of Ilkley Manor House.

So now is a time for replenishing and for new ideas.  Dates for the diary this year are:

October 6th and 7th at Ilkley Art's ARTS WEEKEND at Nell Bank
December 1st and 2nd at Ilkley Arts' CHRISTMAS ARTS AND GIFT FAIR at Ilkley Manor House

Do pop along to say hello! I will be showing some of my latest original works as well as my limited prints, cards, and special 'mini-print' ranges.

It is exciting to see Ilkley Art's spreading its wings with events throughout the year:
for more information visit   www.ilkleyarts.org
 

See my latest news on facebook by following 'LUCIA SMITH ARTIST'; or pop into WEAVERBIRD WORKSHOP in Ilkley to see my limited edition collection of fine art prints.

 

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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