HELLO, I'M LUCIA, AND I PAINT THE YORKSHIRE DALES IN THE GORGEOUS MEDIUM OF SOFT PASTELS...
The Dales offer me inspiration on a plate; how lucky I am to live here. The moors and valleys have a timelessness, a hugeness, a reassuring solidity. Time spent walking here seems to rebalance and rejuvenate; it is the only place I know where I can be simultaneously soothed and uplifted.
I try to find the essence of a place, choosing light and shadow and pinning down that feeling of being there; simplifying a composition to its best and sharing the joy of this wonderful land. And although the result is a static painting, I work carefully so that my compositions include hard and soft edges of colour, which helps suggest movement in a scene: a feeling that the wind is blowing, the clouds and shadows are about to move, and the view holds our gaze as we wait for the scene to entertain us.
In this crazy, busy, complicated, often exhausting world, the Dales and the Moors are a place to be, a place to look, a place to breathe. I hope to share a taste of this, available to view in a painting on a wall.
Welcome to my original work, including pieces just off my easel.
My long-term quest (which I have only just started in 2018, and might indeed take a while!) is to offer you a look at ALL the Dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Most titles therefore include the name of a particular Dale - do contact me if you have any queries or would like map references! See the Exhibitions and My YDNP Project page below for more information.
If you would like to view any of the originals shown here, or would like to discuss measurements, framing and prices, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be delighted to hear from you.
My originals are generally priced between £700 - £1200, mainly depending on size.
If you have a particular scene in mind, you might consider a personal commission: more information can be found under Commissions.
Some of these images are also available in limited edition Prints.
My print series are very limited – 32, 16 or sometimes just 12. They are available on quality fine art paper (framed behind glass to your taste); or on box canvas for a more contemporary look. They are mostly printed to order, so you can request a unique size and type of presentation. Some series are almost sold out so please check for availability.
Each print is hand-signed and comes with a personal message from me about the scene, my inspiration and the circumstances of the original painting.
Print prices mainly depend on size, with unframed prints typically priced between £190 - £250 and framed prints between £290 - £350.
If you have any queries at all, please feel free to contact me.
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 board 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.
EXHIBITIONS and my ydnp project
Next date: Ilkley Arts' ARTS WEEKEND NELL BANK Denton Rd Ilkley SAT 6th / SUN 7th OCTOBER
My newest originals, limited prints, mini-prints and postcards will be available, and I'll be on hand to have a chat too! Do pop along to say hello - there's an Insect Sculpture Trail and you can find out who lives in my different landscapes...
I have a new project on the go! It is going to take a few years, but the journey is what it is all about. I hope to intrigue you as I attempt to EXPLORE AND RESPOND TO ALL THE NAMED DALES IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK. A little challenging both for my walking boots and my soft pastels! But I think it's going to be eye-opening.
The YDNP rangers tell me that there are 45 named dales...or maybe 49....other lists tell me 54! Most are tributaries to the main 'BIG 5', Wensleydale, Swaledale, Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale. Just like these 5, each will undoubtedly have its unique character; this summer I've started with 4 different tributaries and they are startling different!
Pictured above: the barren, mined moorside at Arkengarthdale (off Wensleydale), depicted in 'RECOVERY'; the wild bleak upper contours of Widdale (also off Wensleydale), in 'PRESS PAUSE'; the secret quiet timelessness of Waldendale (also off Wensleydale), in 'WALDENTIME'; and the current one on my easel: the deserted dale of Dibbdale (off Wharfedale), previously inhabited by folk mining its treasures, and now only populated by trees. Working title: 'GREEN GOLD'. All will be on display in October at the ARTS WEEKEND.
I am happy to work with you!
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.
'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'
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.'