The small landscape study, a plein air sketch in gouache colors, was done for the postcard exchange going on within the Sketchercise group. It is fully in the tradition of the 18th century and later traditional expressions in landscape painting, preferably on oil.
John Berger describes the traditional art of oil painting in his book “Ways of seeing” (link to amazon ) as a celebration of material property. For him all great art and their creators tried to escape from this traditional production of a product for a certain class of ownership. He uses two self-portraits by Rembrandt as examples how Rembrandt turned the tradition against itself and “wrested his language away from it”.
One of the reasons why most of my “production” comes in unsaleable form in sketchbooks and non-presentable media as well as in the unfinished state of sketches is the wish to withdraw or escape from the cult of material property that meantime has mounted up to the obscenity of the art market as it is today.
Therefore the small sketch is done with very simple technical and material means on a card board that looked in its original condition more like a piece of waste paper. The place to sketch, the composition and the “look” of the scenery was chosen with intention to produce a traditional british landscape. The whole thing is pure irony, the natural state of mind of todays serious landscape painters. Right now as I type this I understand that this attitude can be seen as a kind of snobbery. Alas landscape painting is everything else than innocent.
Only recently I stumbled on Bergers BBC series on youtube and then incidentally found the book shortly after on a shelf in my favorite art book shop. I highly commend both for further studies.