I’ll admit it, I’m quite traditional. While I realise that art takes many forms, I’m a true believer that ‘classical’ artist is someone who picks up a brush and paints. How can you enter a landscape art competition in any other format?
By watching Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year I’ve discovered more, and you know what?
I liked it!
This as the artwork which kicked it off for me.
It’s a linocut, and it’s really good! I had to find out more from the artist.
Below is a short interview with print-maker and Landscape Artist of the Year heat 4 winner James Green.
James Green Interview
1. How did you get started?
Someone lent me some linocut tools a few years ago, and I’ve never really looked back. I found my medium.
2. What are your favourite subjects to paint and why?
I enjoy creating prints of landscapes, urban, suburban, rural, and also images of UK wildlife (birds especially), oh, and donkeys.
3. Have you tried other painting styles? If so what have you tried and how did you find it?
I’m not a painter. I sometimes do screen-printing, but nothing else really. I briefly tried ceramics last year, and enjoyed that a lot, but am happy to stick to two dimensions.
4. If someone was starting new – what tips would you give them to help them be successful?
Try not to be swayed by what is popular, so do your own thing. Keep trying different media until you find the right one for you.
5. What’s the best way for people to contact you?
Any of the above links.
Thanks to James Green.
So as you’ve guessed, I’m not normally a huge fan of prints, but we’ve had a couple of print-makers on Landscape Artist of the Year and I’m a convert. I’m really starting to appreciate the shapes and patterns that make up a print. The use of different colours gives them a dimension that I didn’t realise was possible.
I really like his advice of doing what you want to do, don’t just focus on what’s popular. I would agree and say that while it’s a good idea to know what is popular and keep an eye on trends, the real essence of art is to enjoy what you are doing. Be a trend setter, not a follower.
I’m all in favour of learning from other artists, even experimenting with their styles and building on your own. It’s not easy to do, but don’t give up. Keep trying! When I’m struggling with this at times I think of the below quote.
“One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with.” —Vincent van Gogh, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, November 26, 1889, to Theo van Gogh
Phew – I’ve done a few of those!