Own Art

Discovered Landscapes

Dawn Stacey
Ellen Watson

16 - 30 September 2017

Exhibition opening, Saturday 16 September, 12-3pm at 72 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU

Join us for a glass of fizz and enjoy the paintings.

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There’s a journey of discovery in the making of all paintings. Artists physically travel, or mine their imaginations, unearth new inspirations, or explore new techniques. Here, we have two artists who sometimes find their ideas in similar ways yet, their creativity takes them on separate paths.

Dawn Stacey’s dreamlike landscapes are painted in acrylic, allowing her to work quickly, building layer after layer of detail and colour. The paintings are usually based on still life or the landscape in its differents seasons, evolved from walks or travels.

“My imagery is a combination of gathered objects, memories or an atmosphere of a particular place. The final painting is intended to capture the essence or mood of the subject.” Intricate and balanced, they resemble a collage or a tapestry.

Meanwhile, Ellen Watson describes her process as “a form of travel whereby stuff is revealed and inadvertently uncovered, so in a way a picture is found rather than made”. She taps the elemental forces of the rugged Cornish coastline for inspiration, painting untamed seascapes and weathered coastal views, focusing on the strength of light and ‘that point of contact between the sky and the horizon’.

Literature often plays its part. Patrick O’Brian’s HMS Surprise has been the influence for many of this exhibition’s paintings. Watson strives for the painting to be more than just a view, and aims to immerse the viewer within the vastness of the subject matter and the visceral presence of the painting itself.

  • Chattering Birds and Buddleia by Dawn Stacey
  • A Moment in Flight by Dawn Stacey
  • A Silent Moment by Dawn Stacey
  • Calm Blue Waters by Dawn Stacey
  • Early Morning Flight by Dawn Stacey
  • Golden Marshland by Dawn Stacey
  • Cascading Bramble by Dawn Stacey
  • Meadow Walk by Dawn Stacey
  • Moonlit Pond by Dawn Stacey
  • Morning Air by Dawn Stacey
  • Night Journey by Dawn Stacey
  • Timeless Moment by Dawn Stacey
  • Aubrey's Beach by Ellen Watson
  • Camel Shore and Pine by Ellen Watson
  • Cecilia by Ellen Watson
  • Cecilia II by Ellen Watson
  • Judy's Shore by Ellen Watson
  • Now Her Larboard Cathead Touched Green Water by Ellen Watson
  • Tresco Beach by Ellen Watson
  • Turquoise Shore and Island by Ellen Watson
  • Bowl and the Red Salt Pot by Ellen Watson

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