Landscapes in Art

Oct 19, 2017 - POSTED BY Anna Halloran - How To... , Gardeners Choice

A weekend walk to take in the beauty of the landscaped gardens at Blenheim Palace led me to a surprise hidden gem, The Oxfordshire Museum, which is situated in the heart of Woodstock. After an hour of drinking in the stunning, natural beauty created by Capability Brown at Blenheim Palace, see above photo, we spent an equally enjoyable hour looking at how one artist, Nick Schlee, has recreated well-known local British landscapes with a vibrancy of colours that really caught my eye. Most interesting of all was how The Oxfordshire Museum showed his ‘on site’ sketches alongside the finished oil paintings which were created in his studio. Take a look at Photos 2 and 3 of Waterloo Bridge and see what I mean.

Then one of my favourite oils of the exhibition was Wittenham Clumps, painted in 2010. The sign explained how the use of colour in this painting gives it the light and drama, particularly the use of the colour orange opposite the colour blue.  In photo 5 I have included a photo of the explanation of how Nick Schlee’s use of opposite colours close together make them appear to ‘shake’, creating the dynamic energy that I found so attractive in his work. A technique worth remembering!

The last 2 photos shows how this technique works in firstly a landscape view and then a cityscape view. Photo 6 shows The Thames at Buscot, bursting with light and reflections. It is a perfect example of how using opposite colours close together make the painting ‘shake’. Photo 7 shows The High Street in Oxford, viewed from St Mary’s Tower. Nick Schlee was born in Weybridge in Surrey, and at 16 he won both gold and silver medals from the Royal Drawing Society. Isn’t it lovely to see the work of a contemporary artist who can draw!