Colourful Landscapes of Scotland by Scott Naismith
Colour is the basis for many works of art, creating emotions and conveying abstract thoughts. For Scott Naismith, colour is a hugely important part of his creative life. Using vibrant shades of the rainbow, he creates dreamy, moody, and eye-catching scenes from the west coast of Scotland. Despite each piece depicting a specific view or landscape from Scotland that really exists, Naismith produces new worlds entirely by playing around with colour.
“Colour use becomes an entirely emotional response to the subject while values can remain representational,” his website says, but his love for the Scottish scenery is evident throughout his work.
For a while, Scott Naismith struggled to find his “style”, but he has since found his rhythm by concentrating on the changing forms of the sky and the immense array of colour that’s visible when light begins to break through the cloud cover. And there’s a heavy sense of optimism in each piece that goes hand in hand with the rays of light depicted, creating a notion of positivity and forward-moving energy.
“I have a passion for the landscape here,” Naismith says of Scotland. “Through that immersion in the subject I have explored every part of it over the years.” When asked why he chose to focus on the scenery in his home country, Naismith claims he is “simply less qualified to paint anything else” until he becomes just as passionate about another subject as he does about the soaring hills, picturesque valleys, and wild landscapes of Scotland. Right now, he is particularly inspired by “moody light and the point heavy conditions lift.”
When it comes to artistic inspiration, Scott Naismith turns to the great masters. His colour work is inspired by the vibrant paintings of Matisse, while Turner’s ephemeral atmospheres are a major influence on Naismith’s style and technique.
But, while Naismith’s work is incredibly colourful, he is not particularly interested in nature’s most colourful offering – the rainbow. “While the most obvious manifestation of light refraction at this time would occur in the form of a rainbow, I will be concerned with accentuating the infinite, more subtle effects,” he says.
In his more recent pieces, Naismith experiments with different mark making techniques to produce a variety of textures that almost bring his paintings to life. He works in shapes that merge and blur lines that teeter on the edge of solid, liquid, and gas. “The world around us is all just particles,” he says. “I always think the artists job is to make others question the world around them.”
When it comes to actually creating the pieces, Naismith captures a variety of quick sketches from a location to get a better understanding of it. Then he starts the abstraction process, using simplification and embellishment to create the desired effect. “The more of me and my concepts that go into the work, the less of the specific place remains.”
Usually, Naismith’s paintings are a build up 3-6 layers, where he works quickly to apply a mishmash of thick and thin paint. Later, he refines the pieces using both marks. Surprisingly, Naismith admits he can have over 30 paintings on the go at any one time, which means sometimes two months can lapse before he adds the next layer to a piece.
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