19 Aug LIFE AS AN ARTIST … HILARY ELMES
The rural environment greatly influences my painting. I live in an agricultural landscape of crop fields which change throughout the seasons. These planes of colour and texture have informed my work since 2002.
As I mostly paint outdoors my daily routine includes planning hikes and packing my art materials while trying to keep the rucksack as light as possible. This I have learned the hard way, many years ago I would bring a drawing board and stool on top of art materials and still remember painful trekking across the dunes of the Wexford coast.
My preferred medium for working outdoors would be watercolour or pastel. More recently my chosen subjects are the mountains. One of my favourite places to work from would be around Camenabologue and Lugnaquilla in the Wicklow Mountains. To the north east is a panoramic view of moorland interspersed with peaks between which deep corrie lakes hide. These dramatic lakes are a joy to explore.
Back to the studio with the preparatory sketches I begin working up the paintings. Studio work involves developing these sketches into paintings of a much larger scale, using rich layers of oil paint. There is a huge contrast between the fast spontaneous work out of doors and the slow build- up of layers of buttery oil paint.
I don’t have a large studio but every year I try to make an improvement, this year there will be a new draught- proof door and a stove … what bliss, the cats will be delighted…
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