THE PROCESS

MIXED MEDIA

Whether I'm making a preparatory sketch or beginning a landscape painting, I like to start on a heavily prepared surface. I layer the surfaces with inks, charcoal, paint and collage - often using my favourite stick (yes, really) as a drawing implement. The random marks and textures create wonderful starting points upon which to respond with more meaningful marks. 

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EN PLEIN AIR

The starting point for all my landscape painting is drawing and sketching 'en plein air' -  recording the light, atmosphere, sound, weather and colours.  Responding to my environment in a very immediate and intuitive way - gathering  the information I need to remember the place and the moment.

However it's not for the faint hearted... working outdoors in Scotland usually means I'm freezing and windswept - but hopefully the work is interesting!

INSPIRATION

I take greatest inspiration from nature and the changing seasons. I love the differences in the light and atmosphere, the intensity and the feeling. Sometimes when I'm working I can feel almost overwhelmed by the impact of the scene before me and on other occasions, depending on the light or the moment, if I can't find anything interesting to record, I will simply pack up and go.

Photograph: Alison McNeill Artist

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