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  1. What! Landscapes!??

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    cloud study (2)

    ©Mike Greatbanks, 'Cloud Study No.', 6"x4", Watercolour 

    Many years ago, as part of a course, I went to The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, where I had to choose one painting to study. It was here, that I became fascinated by John Constable's paintings, from 'Dedham Lock & Mill' (which I chose to study); 'Boat Building Near Flatford Mill'; amazed by the view of the full-scale study of 'The Hay Wain'; and wowed by his cloud studies.

    It was this experience plus my love of Turner's artwork and that of the Impressionists, which inspired me to paint landscapes.

    Even Monet & Pissarro, who visited London in 1870, were stirred & inspired by Constable's paintings, as well as those of Turner.

    Above is one of my own cloud studies.

    Which artist inspires you? I'd love to know.

     

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  2. Water, Dramatic Skies or Sunsets

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     sunsets, water, dramatic skies

    'Sunset Over Crosby Beach'; 'Looking Up The River'; & 'View Of South Cumbrian Landscape'

    In my landscapes, I love painting water, dramatic clouds & sunsets. When a painting contains a combination of these, it makes me very excited!

    From the variation of colours to the shapes of the clouds & ripples, these all mesmerise me & act as a magnet drawing me in to paint these wonderful landscapes.

    Water, Dramatic Skies or Sunsets - which do you like the most?

     

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  3. Ferry On The Mersey - 'Views Along The River Collection Part 1'

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    ferry on the mersey

    Wandering along the banks of the River Mersey, it's amazing how much a diverse range of scenery there is. From Maritime and industrial architecture, green spaces, to coastal beaches towards Liverpool Bay. Sailing on the River Mersey is one way to see these.

    Onboard one of the ferries is always a pleasurable experience:

    The views of the buildings on both sides of the river; watching other vessels sailing along the river, from yachts to cargo container ships and cruise ships.

    Listening to the call of the gulls; the noise of the engine; as well as hearing to the informational commentary over the tannoy for those onboard.

    Feeling the breeze (usually cold) whilst travelling along the river.

    The new collection of paintings is available for my VIP email members, to preview and buy from 2:00pm (BST) on 24th August.

    From 2:00pm BST on 25th August, the collection will be open to all.

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