John Piper ‘Stowe’ from goldmarkart.com on Vimeo.
Here is a short sequence from a video on John Piper published by Goldmark Gallery. Stowe is such an impressive landscape garden. John Piper spend a lot of time there and created amazing prints. His bold, inventive use of lines,forms and colours is very inspiring.
Goldmark has quite a few videos in their TV-Channel, including several sequences from the video on John Piper (“An empty stage”).
I have a fancy for romantic landscapes and antiques. As my wallet does not have the right size I have to create the objects of desire myself. This one is a picturesque landscape after Claude-Henri Watelet, an amateur painter who lived in the 18th century. I picked that subject (in fact an etching after Watelet) without knowing who Watelet was, but of course I did see the picturesque in his work. The more I was delighted to find that Watelet was not only a painter and etcher, but also author of books on visual art and the art of gardening. His essay on gardens seems a kind of key text on the French picturesque.
This is the final stage of my efforts to depict a picturesque tree, a willow near a small creek. Recent studies on the picturesque and it´s ongoing mighty force in modern times yielded some interesting results.
Anyone who is interested in landscape painting or drawing will eventually hear and read about William Gilpin, the british reverend who was one of the leading opinion makers in aesthetics of landscape and visual art at the end of the 18th century. His writings on the picturesque, first planned as a means to make some money for his little school, have become one of the major sources for the theory of the picturesque, a concept that became part of the british culture and especially a part of the English landscape design and gardening.
To my surprise Mr. Gilpin has written also a treatise on forest views and trees: microwebsite on the picturesque for further reading.