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Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019. Episode 5, Tyne Bridge, Newcastle

I was selected to participate in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019. It was a wonderful day of painting plein aire in a pod with 8 other contestants. I can now show my picture of the day as the programme has aired and can still be seen on Sky Arts channel.

I used collage to create the picture and was pleased with the result in four hours. I brought the picture back to the studio and couldn’t help creating a more refined crisp collage from the observations on the day. I was able to review my colour palette and find a more refined way of describing the bridge.

Plein aire drawing for the collage in the competition.
Collage created on the competition day.
The studio version of the collage created after the competition

If you would like to see how the picture developed in the show the timelapse of the collage can be seen at https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/landscape-profiles/

My Collage Pictures

I was inspired to use the collage medium when I saw an exhibition on Matisse.

I first used it as a tool to work out how I should paint a picture. It allowed me to condense and distill shapes in my landscape pictures. It helped me play with the composition and create a colour palette for the pictures. The collage began as a tool but I have kept coming back to the medium and are now pictures to look at in their own right.

Overton Hill, Ridgeway Series, Leigh Glover 2015

I experiment cutting into paper that I have hand painted with acrylic paint. The brushstrokes found in the paint are integral to the picture. I often paint many sheets of paper and then select the best colours.

The shapes I cut and place are found from observation and drawings in the landscape.  It is important for me to play and to experiment with collage to create a picture.

Uffington White Horse, Ridgeway Series, Leigh Glover 2015

Benjamin Grosvenor performing in Evesham

Benjamin Grosvenor, the concert pianist, will be performing at Evesham Art Centre on 11th January 2019. He kindly sat for me a few years ago. My pencil drawing of Benjamin Grosvenor will be displayed in the foyer at the performance.

Benjamin Grosvenor, Tones, 2011, P.O.A. by Leigh Glover

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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Kensington & Fulham Open Studios 2014

I am looking forward to exhibiting alongside two other local artists Tania Beaumont and Louise Richards.

We shall be at Tania Beaumont’s home and studio.

15 Rugby Mansions, Bishops Kings Road, West Kensington, W14 8XD (stairs, no lift).

Fri 17 (6-9pm) – Sat 18 & Sun 19 October (11-6pm)

I shall be sharing my new Flourishing Garden paintings.  I shall also be showing drawings and painting studies that will give an insight into my process of making these pictures.  Hopefully my oil painting of foxgloves, work in progress below, will be finished to hang also…………..

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Other artists taking part in the open studios can be seen  www.kfopenstudios.co.uk

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas, complete

Camellia 2014

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas 126 x 89 cm, Leigh Glover 2014

The spring flowering camellia had a fantastic show this year in our garden in Sussex.  It is part of my ongoing Flourishing Gardens series.  In the photos below I share how I create oil paintings like this.

I begin by observing and drawing the camellia.

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I then explore the colour possibilities by mixing oils to find the best representation I can of the natural flower amidst the foliage.  I then plan the composition but make sure it is not too rigid as I need to leave a little room for inspiration and creativity whilst painting the picture.

The finished oil painting is for sale (please contact leighglover@me.com) and can be seen on the  Flourishing Gardens  page.

It can be bought as a digital print or the image licensed for commercial reproduction through the Bridgeman Art Library.

 

Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern is in sight!

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I have been slowly progressing with this watercolour on Millennium Bridge.  The Tate Modern is now in sight with crowds crossing the Millennium Bridge to the south bank.

The next stage is to look left towards St Paul’s Cathedral.  I have had some wonderful comments from the public and a group of school children calling my work “Sick!”.  Which I hope I can take to mean “Wicked!” or “Cool!” otherwise I am done for!  (It is hard to keep up with the lingo!)