You only have to take a look at John Constable’s sketches of cloud formations to see what I mean. This is drawing from observation, quickly and deftly done on the spot, no fancy footwork, just a pure expression of what he sees and how he feels, and consequently, breathtakingly beautiful pictures. In my view, more impressive than his large Hay-Wainesque ‘Masterpiece’ studio pictures – as wonderful as they are. I think we tend to overlook Constable as a true pioneer in artistic terms because his pictures are so very familiar to us now. It took him a lifetime to become accepted in his own artistic circles, and then possibly only because he could not be ignored. Landscape as a ‘stand-alone’ subject was not that usual at the time, being more an adjunct to more religious subject matter. Andrew Graham-Dixon says that Constable was “the first person to make landscape a vehicle for emotional self-expression”, and thus a subject in it’s own right.
Posted by:Caro Woods
I am an artist who lives in an old Methodist Chapel in the heart of a small rural village on the Western edge of Dartmoor, Devon. I love wild places and make work about the pilgrimages I make. Most days revolve around the needs of my two ponies and two whippets and writing a book about one of my epic equine pilgrimage. Otherwise I spend my time creating: with camera, pencil, pen, brush or collage. Also blog posts about walking / thinking / observing / drawing. A spiritual quester who enjoys sharing my encounters with the mystery and magic of everyday life, both mundane and profound. Above all, always searching for the core of my creativity.