Unframed Reproduction Print. Size: 53cm w x 40cm h
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Reproduction fine art print from an original painted in soft pastel.
Kingsdale is not a well-known valley – despite its royal-sounding name. Tucked behind a hillock of ancient terminal moraine, left over from the ice-age; this flat-bottomed valley is a bit bewildering. Odd angles, strange sights. Its ‘U’ shape is one of the finest examples in England; but it also has a re-directed river in a straight ditch dug at one side of farm fields; and an oddly sloping valley base. Above all this tower huge strong shoulders of moorside; formed over ancient layers of limestone, whose angular escarpments jut out along the slopes. Above again is the Yorkshire sky: the real dominant force in this wild place. Everything below has to cope with the weather: the winter rains, the brisk wind, dry summers and squally showers.
Today the upper contours sing out in their strength, but the bright spring clouds seem playful in the sky. What a combination. A colourful composition is mine for the taking…iridescent greens vibrate under the deep blue sky. ’ROYAL BLUE’ seems the perfect name.
Royal Blue: Kingsdale - Lucia Smith
I strive to capture our beautiful Yorkshire Dales in compositions full of movement, light and weather; offering a 2 dimensional version of ‘being there’.
Really knowing the place I paint feels important; only then am I able to distill its essence: using familiar contours in striking compositions where rhythm, pattern and light echo between the land and the sky.
Soft pastel is my main medium; although I often use other media for underpainting, strengthening the composition from beneath. Soft pastels offer vibrancy and immediacy, as well as fluidity, allowing work to develop as colours are layered and sculpted.
I have currently embarked upon a ‘QUEST’ – to walk in, experience, and then paint all of the named Dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are 52, or maybe 49, or maybe 54…depending on whose list you read! But the journey is what it is all about: savouring these beautiful places, observing different contours, different weather, different light; teasing out the feeling of being on these moors and in these valleys. Carefully choosing palettes to express mood and delight, offering paintings where the weather might suddenly change, the breeze might lift your hair, paintings to watch.
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