“A PAINTING that does justice to the landscape” – that is the drive that makes artist Kit Glaisyer create his huge canvasses, often up to seven feet long.
Kit, giving a demonstration for Lyme Regis Art Society, said growing up in an environment without electronic gadgets or television meant he spent time with his father, also an artist, learning to paint the Dorset countryside around his home, whilst a spell in London as young adult gave him a chance to experiment with abstract painting.
This in turn fed back into the landscape work he does now. Every field and tree has its own position grounded in the bigger scene, giving a clarity to the finished work.
His paintings takes six to eight months to complete and preparation involves photography, photomontages, preliminary sketches and many visits to the actual area he is painting.
He works in oils, building up atmospheric effects with layer upon layer of transparent colour, creating vibrant dramatic images. All his colours are mixed from basic primaries so he can create exactly the shade he needs.
Kit is fascinated by the effects of light falling on trees or through leaves and his images often appear to radiate light from the canvas.
He explained to society members that he is driven by interest and the desire to do something not done before, and said he would rather create 45 great paintings than 200 mediocre ones.
“Loving what you do and loving the subject that you paint,” this, he said, was the secret to his success.
Lyme Regis Art Society meets on alternate Tuesdays at the Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm until the end of March. The next demonstration will be Matthew Davidson with ‘Exciting Winter Sky and Landscape Painting’ in watercolours on Tuesday, November 19 and visitors and new members are always welcome.
For further details, contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or visit www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk