These images are a series of studies of Tiverton woods in Devon, focusing in particular on the zones where there is a meeting of coniferous forest plantation with native deciduous woodlands. The juxtaposition of these two tree types, has a striking effect on the atmosphere of the area, which i explore in this work. I use mixed media of acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil and have chosen eye-level views, to reflect the natural gaze an onlooker would experience when passing through such an environment. The work was carried out between Dec 2002 and Mar 2003.
Impressionism was a 19th century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based painters who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).
Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brushstrokes, light colors, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualitiy, ordinary subject matter, and unusual visual angles, with particular emphasis on landscapes.
The influence of Impressionist thought spread beyond the art world, leading to Impressionist music and Impressionist literature.
3 Impressionist techniques