I first became a connoisseur of brush strokes in my mid teens when I took myself off to London to see an exhibition of Turner paintings. I remember being drawn to closely examine one of his wonderfully light, wispy amorphous skies and was fascinated to find the subtle highlight in a cloud was in fact a thick smear of paint. Ever since I’ve examined paintings to appreciate the contrast between the effect and the material actuality.
How does this relate to my art and this artwork specifically? My location paintings, like ‘Fallen’ (3 for Autumn), are fragments of landscape. Imagine setting out to create a vast landscape painting laid out across many canvases. Each canvas would represent a small part of the whole. Thats essentially what my 40cm square paintings are, except there are no neighbouring paintings. If my paintings were exhibited together they would not form a single landscape but represent the world around us through time.
Take one of those paintings, ‘Fallen’. Its not leaves and a tree trunk, its a painting and can (and should be) viewed for what it is with a raft of qualities inherent in its painted nature. ‘Fallen’ has some especially thick and exciting brush strokes and I could frame up any part of the it to make a very satisfying composition. I chose the fragment to extract which became ‘Falling Autumn leaf’. This brush stroke is now a painting with its own qualities.
Nothing in life exists without everything around it!
‘Falling Autumn leaf’ is an oil painting on canvas. The size is 60cm x 60cm and was completed on 12th January 2018.
My artworks can be viewed on 2 websites. The 40cm square paintings are on www.artists-connect.co.uk
Other projects, including ‘Falling Autumn leaf’, are on www.stuartnurse-artist.co.uk