Painting, painting, painting!

Artist Leigh Glover keeps you in the picture with his blog.

Inspiration from the National Gallery. A portrait of Toby. Boy and tiger.

Being able to walk through the doors at the National Gallery in London is a huge privilege. I enjoy wandering and wondering through the great halls of master painters. It is like seeing old friends and conversing with exciting ideas.

Viewing pictures can also be a more rewarding but longer process with paper and pencil in hand. It is such a valuable experience not for the end result of the sketch but FOR the way you interact with the painting. Many dull and dark works have become exciting through sketching them.

The Chardin painting ‘Boy playing cards’ has been a picture that I have always admired. I have spent many hours in front of this picture, pencil in hand looking, drawing and learning from Chardin’s mastery.

On the other hand the Rosso ‘Surprised!’ was always a picture I walked past and spent very little time with. It was only after the beginning of the portrait of my nephew with his tiger ‘onesie’ that I returned to the picture.

Toby holds a serenity and a playful imagination, a dreamful state where Boy becomes Tiger or Tiger hunts Boy, and portrays the innocence that is so typical of young children.

Thank you to the National Gallery for allowing long-dead artists the opportunity to inspire not only the public but also the artists of today.

If you would like to contact me about the work please use my email leighglover@me.com.

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Toby. Boy and Tiger. oil on canvas by Leigh Glover, 2015.

The Ridgeway pictures

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The Ridgeway series of pictures depict scenes from the 85 mile National Trail that incorporates one of the oldest ‘green roads’ in Europe.  The scenic route stretches from Overton Hill in the west, across the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of the White Horse, to the Chilterns and Ivinghoe Beacon in the east.  These collages and paintings form part of my ongoing series of the Ridgeway.  All pictures can be seen on my website The Ridgeway, UK

I am exhibiting this new series at the pop-up gallery Art on the Hill, Brill School, The Firs, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9RY.

Friday 15th April at 7.30pm (invitation only)

Saturday 16th April 10-5pm

Sunday 17th April 10-4pm

http://www.brillart.org

If you would like to reply to these website posts please use my email address leighglover@me.com. 

I would enjoy hearing from you.

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Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) in flower, 2015

On a cold winter morning I was working in a Japanese garden in Surrey where I came upon a group of witch hazels. The winter sunlight was hitting the candy like petals and their hint of scent was on the air. It lifted my day and was the inspiration for this picture. I hope the picture is able to lift others and to inspire people to get outdoors even in winter.  Witch Hazel in Flower, 2015, oil on canvas, 126x 89cm part of my Flourishing Gardens series.

Witch Hazel in Flower (Hamamelis), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (Hamamelis), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (detail), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (detail), 2015

The Adventures of Jack

This is something new for me!

I have never illustrated a children’s book before, but recently author Lee Goldsmith asked if I would illustrate “The Adventures of Jack”.

It is a particularly touching story as Lee was inspired to write it by a young boy he knows who is deaf.

I created the pictures on an iPad, three of which can be seen below.

The Adventures of Jack
“Enter the exciting world of Jack and Harry as they battle the evil villain, Professor Bashir Beansprout. Meet a bad dog, a good cat and a confused fox. Let your favourite superheroes save the world and all because of a magical little earpiece.”

Suitable for ages 7-11.

The book is available as a paperback or as a Kindle edition.  Go to amazon.co.uk.

The Adventures of Jack

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Panoramic vista from Millenium Bridge, London

Panoramic vista from Millennium Bridge, London, UK

I have been busy painting and collating this landscape on the Millennium Bridge.  The painting began to grow and grow which meant that posting the image as a whole was difficult to view on a computer screen.  So I decided to make this brochure for viewers to see the picture in more detail. I hope you enjoy flicking through!

Featured on artfinder.com

I am featured on artfinder.com homepage today. Take a look https://www.artfinder.com

Featured on artfinder homepage June 2015

Magnolia in flower, complete. Finally!

Magnolia in flower, 2014

I began this picture last summer in the garden and posted its progress in 2014.  I am now ready to show the world.

Magnolia (seiboldii) in flower, 2014, oil on canvas, 126 x 89 cm.

 

 

Exhibiting at gallery Prince and Pilgrim in Kew, London

I am delighted to be exhibiting at Prince and Pilgrim gallery with Marilyn Browning and Chloe Fremantle.   My “Flourishing Gardens” paintings complement the location perfectly with Kew Gardens on the door step!

Prince and Pilgrim, 8 Station Approach, Kew, TW9 3QB

 http://www.princeandpilgrim.com

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Bee heaven – foxgloves

The foxgloves appeared in the woodland glade behind our house during the summer.  It was a metropolis of flowers with their towering blooms.  Bee heaven!

I spent a day drawing at the glade, unraveling the scene in front of me.  How can this experience be translated into an oil painting?

These drawings give a brief insight into what I wanted to achieve: the vertical nature of the stem and bloom, the horizontal leaves, the repetitive motif blurring into the distance.

The final picture can be seen in the Flourishing Gardens website page.

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Sunrise selected for ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

My painting Sunrise in Snowdonia has been selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2014, Mall Galleries, London.

The painting brings back memories of the 4 o’clock start to begin the Welsh 3000’s walk – the light was superb!

 

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2014

The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector’s section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.

Thu 13 – Sun 23 November, 10am – 5pm, admission free and all works are for sale

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1

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