FEATURED ARTIST ANDREW LUSCOMBE
This week our artist of the week is Andrew Luscombe. We asked him about three of his most intricate works:
Can you tell us more about your choice of subject for Evening Rain and the technical difficulties of painting the reflections of light upon water?
“Evening Rain is a puddle essentially, but it’s a puddle on a stretch of lane I’ve been walking for over 40 years and it still looks the same after heavy rain today as it did all those years ago. On this evening it happened to start raining as I walked back to my truck, faithful dog in tow and it occurred to me it would make a nice subject, just the drops on the water. I occasionally carry sketch books but more often than not paint from memory with an occasional reference photo, so a day or so later I painted what was to be an oil sketch as a reference for a bigger painting. It hasn’t happened yet but it may well make an appearance in the future!
I didn’t want the painting to be too detailed so took care to get everything in the correct place in a quick underpainting and then went to work. I tend to mix most of my colours first then grey them down with complementaries. As for the water I desaturated the colours a little and then blended together but not too much, just pulling straight down from top to bottom. Finally the whole thing came together as I started to add the raindrops and a few highlights on the road.”
“After the Rain”
What drew you to this subject matter and can you explain further your creative process?
“After the Rain is another stretch of well known lane, to me anyway, and leads down to a river I’ve known for years. Again, I tried to keep this fairly simple and to not put too much detail in but rather to allow the viewer to follow the road down and around the corner and to make up their own mind what might lie beyond.”
Can you tell us more about the location, the subject and why you choose to depict this scene?
“Sleepy Hollow is an oil painting of one of the many hundreds of old tin workings dotted all over Dartmoor. These were dug down by hand with pick and shovel in order to find the ore and liberate the precious tin. It was sluiced using ingenious ways: funneling water through leats, streams and reservoirs, again all dug by hand. These were hard people, no doubt about that, and it was wet and often dangerous work. Some of the leats used to move water around the moor (for various reasons including tin mining) are still fully functional and others are now dry but you will always know when you are walking along an old leat as it will follow the contours almost exactly. They were and still are incredible feats of engineering in a very inhospitable climate.
So it was with no little irony that I called this one Sleepy Hollow, for these days these bigger scars are ideal spots to rest up out of the weather or even spend the night. What I do for fun has me, on occasions, navigating to these spots either as a navigational aid or to just have a quick break from bog hopping!
This particular spot is situated near Black Tor, in Dartmoor. Those of you who know the moor will also know that there are lots of tors and hills with Black in the title so to give you the exact location would remove the fun of discovering it for yourself… happy hunting!”
More of Andrew’s work can be seen at the link https://www.artgallerysw.co.uk/vendor/andrew-m-luscombe