Napalm Exmoor National Park
This was an extremley sucessful sell out exhibition - below is the text that went with the show.
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These Are the Exmoor Landscapes I Couldnt Paint
(Oil paint on board - Framed behind glass - all sold)
The six landscapes that form of the core of this exhibition were painted from memory. I tried to execute them en plein air but it was the gorse season - no sooner was my easel erected than I fell prey to a severe asthma attack. After several puffs of Ventolin I gathered up all my paraphernalia, shoved it into the back of my Landrover and returned to the sterile safety of my own home, where I finished them off. My original idea was to follow the Monet concept and paint the vista at a given time (so the light, shadows etc. are time specific) - but I would be dead by now. So I gave myself a time limit of 90 minutes to complete the six indoors. Im not a lover of landscape paintings - these images are a reaction to the environment, physical and visual. In truth I would be happier if Exmoor was concreted over and turned into an out of town shopping complex - I would get more pleasure from the space if it was.
Napalm Exmoor National Park
(Oil paint on canvas - see image below - sold)
The seventh (landscape) painting is four canvases stuck together – the title is self explanatory. If this happened maybe a real regeneration of the Exmoor/North Devon economy could happen.
Napalm - a highly flammable jelly, produced by mixing a thickening agent with petrol, and used in flamethrowers and fire bombs.
Exmoor National Park - designated park area in south-western England, established in 1954. It occupies 693 sq km (267 sq mi).
Regeneration - in biology, the ability of a living organism to regrow a portion of its body that has been injured or lost. Plants may regenerate
Weedkiller Over Clematis
(Oil paint on canvas - all sold)
The fashion for gardening, for an asthmatic, is a cruel joke. We have been doing the garden at our home and I made the mistake of planting several climbing plants - I now know I have another contact allergy! Yet again concrete is the only true solution to my problems. The larger paintings in this exhibition are based on the colours these climbing plants go when you spray them with weedkiller.
Painting below is: Napalm Exmoor National Park
My work is available to buy from Broomhill Art Hotel
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This exhibition was supported by
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Movie by Jake Bright
Tessa Souter hahahahaha. you should write diary of an allergy person (only think of a better title!) xx
Oh! have just re-read your site, you havent really bombed Exmoor, just a figment of your imagination.
Garry Smout If painting the clours of a plant dying from weedkiller is not bothserious yet bloody funny, i dont know what is!!!!