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Louise has been enjoying the trees, their patterns and their abstraction. She wants to immerse the viewer in the texture and atmosphere that light plays amongst the dense branches and undergrowth of a wood. These textured oil paintings invite the viewer to step into the painting, to kick through the leaves and brush past the low branches and undergrowth.

Louise enjoys the physicality of creating the shapes with canvas and strings applied to the canvas. As these grow on the canvas the woods grows. There is a wonderful moment, before the picture has any paint applied, when the image is made up entirely of texture, light and shadow.

Each painting has an ambiance of its own, but they really come to life when natural light moves across the painting. These paintings are not for an exhibition space with controlled lighting - they are so much better viewed in a room where the light changes with the sun or the clouds. The texture and depth create their own shadows which move with the changing light.



Autumnal - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 100cms x 100cms,
After a walk in late autumn when the sharp deep orange sunshine turned wet autumn leaves into jewels, Louise returned home to develop this painting. In its original there are multi coloured negatives that contrast with the glowing ambers of the autumn leaves, set to sing against a vivid cerulean blue sky. However this painting was bought very soon after its completion and has gone into a private collection.


Silent Woods - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 80cms x 70cms,
Many paintings take on their own life and personality. As the painting develops it determines the colour and atmosphere of the image, and this one really took over. The resulting ambiance was a lovely surprise, a warm glow seeps through the woods giving the woods a moment of perfect peace.


Sitting by the Stream - 2500.00

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 80cms x 60cms,
The technique used to paint these textured paintings really uses the textures that are first applied to the canvas. A series of colours and glazes are applied which have to be left to dry before adding the next layers of paint. Each layer is allowed to sit in the groves and textures to create pools of shadow and light. The time taken to develop the painting allows Louise to play with the addition of layers of glazes that add yet further depth to the colours and the painting.


Shimmering Birch - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 70cms x 100cms,
This subject lends itself so well to the properties of this method of painting. The silver birch is one of the last trees to relinquish their summer leaves. In their attempt to hold on to summer they cling to their yellow and ochre leaves that capture autumn sunlight. This painting is made up of shadows as well as structure and colour. The leaves appear to shimmer as the light changes and moves across the painting.


A Promise of Summer - Sold

Medium: Oil on Canvas,
Size: 70cms x 80cms,
Louise captured one of those days when the sky is almost colourless. Haze is lifted from a late spring soil by a hot sun. The haze obscures the blue sky but not the heat. The ground is warm and humid and buttercups thrive, glowing hot yellow even in the shade.


Winter Sunshine - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 90cms x110cms,
There are many banks of trees in this wet, wooded and hilly area. Many of the trees have their roots exposed and the trees cling to the banks. It is an area that is almost constantly wet for three of the four seasons, but when the sun shines low through the trees the light is warm and intense. Damp undergrowth shines with oranges and rusts and the sky blues are luminous in contrast. The warmth of the sum brings up mists from the damp earth.


An Autumn Walk 2900.00

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 80cms x 100cms,
A warm grey sky with the hint of silver grey light brings out the beautiful autumn colours of this wood. The colours of the sky are echoed in the undergrowth and texture and pattern threads it way around this painting. The effect is like a piece of textile or tapestry.


As the Evening Draws In - Sold

Medium; Oil on Primed, Textured, Papers, framed behind glass,
Size inc frame 70cms x 80cms, As-The-Evening-Draws-In
Again the techniques used for "The warmth of a new day" are used to evoke the end of a day.


Autumn Glory - Sold

Autumn Glory
Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 90cms x 110cms,
Once Louise realised the properties of this method of painting she felt compelled to paint the extraordinary spectacle of copper beech trees in their autumn splendour. Every leaf in this painting has been applied and painted. Each one casts its own slight shadow and with the gloss of oil paint this painting shimmers with movement and colour as the light changes in the room.


Autumn Leaves - Sold

Medium: TexturedOil on Canvas,
Size: 70cms x 100cms,
This painting is made up of canvas and strings applied to the canvas and then painted in oils. It is a perfect medium to capture the depths and intricacies of these dense woods. It was one of the first paintings using this technique and was a delight to paint. Everything about the image lent itself to this method, paint adhered to the grooves and gaps of the applied texture, branches and leaves emerged from the shadows, and depths receded within the textures.


Early Evening - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 70cms x 100cms,
These two paintings: Early Evening and Early Morning play with the light within the painting both in colour and in the textures and their shadows. The subtle hues were determined by the paintings as they developed almost independently of the artist. The result has both the warmth and the chill of these periods in the day.


Early Morning - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas, Size: 70cms x 100cms, These two paintings: Early Evening and Early Morning play with the light within the painting both in colour and in the textures and their shadows. The subtle hues were determined by the paintings as they developed almost independently of the artist. The result has both the warmth and the chill of these periods in the day.


I Dreamt of a Forest 1600.00

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 51cms x 76cms,
All the textured oils pass through this stage when they are painted completely white. This creates a wonderful play of light and shadows within the paintings. Some are kept at this stage. They have dream like elements and are suggestive of distant memories and forgotten emotions, intuition and experiences.


One of Those Beautiful Days - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 77cms x 57cms,
Once the darks had been rubbed into these paintings the light that shone through could be applied. This painting is vibrant with lights and darks humming and dancing through leaves. The light has been allowed to fall in pools on the floor of this wood.


Perception - Sold

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 76cms x 51cms,
These paintings might at first sight seem very minimalist are in fact detailed and intricate. Louise uses the subliminal expectations and memories of the viewer to fill in the details of the image. Each viewer may be provoked by a different stimuli, or synaptic response determined by personal memories and experiences.


Strong, Sharp, Winter Sun 3500

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 90cms x 110cms,
This painting marked the beginning of this technique. It was developed out of other works and is an important link to more experimental work. After working with felts, using wools and threads Louise built this complex lace of twigs, branches, light and shadows.


The Start of Spring 900.00

Medium:Oil on Canvas,
Size: 70cms x 80cms,
The Start of Spring is a painting of one of the first trees to produce leaves in this area. The leaves emerge like tulips in a silver green. The painting explodes out of the frame with the abundance and exuberance of spring.


Perception

Medium: Oil on Primed, Textured Papers, framed behind glass,
Size inc frame: 70cms x 80cms,
The textures of these paintings collect paint in their grooves and crevices, so darks form as pigment pools. It is a method that allows colour to create tonal depths within the texture. Various glazes of colour are applied to build up colour and depths in the painting. Because the paint is applied in thin glazes the white of the undercoat makes the pigment translucent and is perfect to capture glowing light.


A Winter Walk 3500.00

Medium: Textured Oil on Canvas,
Size: 70cms x 80cms,
The texture of the painting is an invitation to walk into the painting and kick up the leaves from the woodland floor.

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