White Frame, Oil on Board. An Ilkley scene. Size: 68cm x 92cm
I love this street, the architecture, its variety of business, the well kept houses surrounding and also that it has an amusing name.
This picture at a glance looks simple and naive in style. It took many processes to get to the finished painting, as you can see it is definitely not photorealism. There were numerous sketches made on location, followed by many drawings to work out the composition and colour. During the painting stage further changes were made as some things had to come forward and others to become less obvious. It was at times challenging creating this lively picture, but I also had a lot of fun too.
You will, I hope, be able to view my short film on the Ilkley Arts website. It is also available on my Facebook page: Caroline SmithSketcher .
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Golden Butts Road - Caroline Smith
For me sketching is an all absorbing activity using pen and ink or charcoal pencil. I like not being able to rub things out, which leads to more eye catching pictures showing my personal interpretation to an event.
Sketching is often done with my dog, Red, whose need for a daily walk takes me to interesting places whatever the weather. To capture these moments I am rarely without a sketch book and pens. For longer sessions and weather permitting I create en plein air watercolour, gouache and oil paintings.
At home I enjoy working in oil creating compositions of local scenes in a naive style.
I started to get more into art whilst living in London where I attended many art courses and my work became a larger and more colourful. I felt encouraged with my love of capturing people, places and moments in time which is now continuing in Ilkley.
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