Unframed Reproduction Print. Size: 94cm w x 36cm h
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Reproduction fine art print from an original painted in soft pastel.
During two glorious July days in 2014, the Stage 1 and Stage 2 routes of Le Tour de France took the cyclists – and the thousands of spectators - on a fabulous journey through some amazing Dales scenery. I am used to seeing the moors every day, but these scenes opened my eyes afresh. Using the moors between Blubberhouses and Ilkley for my sketchpad, the flow of the soft pastels allow the contours to sing, the weather adds full Yorkshire drama and the emptiness celebrates the challenge of the landscape. What a backdrop this landscape offered! What unique stage scenery! You might not have visited during Le Tour, and the cyclists have long gone; but the moors endure. Perhaps this glimpse entices you to come and visit and experience the splendour for yourself? Enjoy.
Stage Scenery - 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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