(soft pastel on watercolour paper)
These four pastels are the first of my attempts to emulate David Blackburn’s large landscape panels. His pieces are comprised of visually connected separate pastel works that come together in the panel to reveal emergent qualities, at least in part, derived from increasing scale of the work.
The pieces presented here are four pastels capturing the intricate pattern of ancient runrig lazy beds sometimes overlain by later crofting patterns. They are all derived from real landscapes in south Lewis and Harris, but are abstracted and organised on the ‘canvas’ for compositional reasons.
The colours are real, but accentuated and dramatised to emphasise the convey the strong emotional aesthetic impact of those same colours in the real landscape.
So although abstracted from reality both in form structure and colour these pieces still relate strongly to their source. The scope for further abstraction capturing the ’spirit’ of the landscape is considerable. The work indicates one future direction that will be pursued in the pastel works.