Tag: En Plein Air

Hale, Mersey, Full of Grace

Cass Art Space, Liverpool, UK 9th – 22nd January 2017 Why do certain places appear to have a tangible, yet indefinable sense of significance? Contemporary artist John Elcock examined this phenomenon with an exhibition of new paintings at Cass Art Space Liverpool, which responded to Hale village through its landscape and remarkable birdlife. Hale, Mersey,…


Dawn, North Sea

A companion sketch to one made of the sea at Dusk. The character of the open sea is fascinating to capture, the light endlessly changing.. ideal for watercolour. This study was probably taken some distance above the Doggerland. Strange to imagine that in the Holocene, aurochs, woolly rhino and wild boar were passing unhindered around…


The Red Hut

Each visit to this area of the Mersey Estuary opens up new vistas and shifting plays of light and space. There are many walks in this area of Speke which are secreted, seemingly outside of time and space, rich in birdlife. This view is not one of them however, it can be easily reached yet…


The Mystery at the Trinity

A long autumn sun warms the gravestones at Holy Trinity. In the mid-distance a swathe of grass known locally as The Mystery, flanked by a row of trees bent eastwards by years of westerly winds. Language and landscape merge poetically at this spot. This is an old corner of England, subsumed in the 19th century…


At Oglet Shore

This offers a counterpoint to the short winter days. Painted on a blisteringly hot summer afternoon on the banks of the Mersey, the wind and rain of a protracted winter long forgotten, sandflies buzz around the detritus on the beach and the paints harden on the palette quicker than one can mix them. This is…