a word on art

Journeys with Martin Taylor

In the latest catalogue, Journeys, Glenn Fuller invites the reader to ‘consider the journey’ that each painting in their collection may have taken. As an artist, I thought I would enlighten you on the journey that some of my paintings took in their creation. Not only is it a journey of the paintings, but also a journey of the area and surrounding countryside they depict.

My studio is at East Haddon Grange, near the village of East Haddon, Northamptonshire and is set in rolling countryside. A very short distance in my Land Rover on the A428 towards Long Buckby takes me to a turning and track into fields. It is fairly high so there are good distances. Turning off the road, I stop and immediately see a composition which I draw. Later I make studies in a book which is leather bound and made up of Amatruda watercolour paper, which was made in Italy.

You can see a scene and say “that would be good" and there it stays. Making a drawing, however slight and quick, captures that scene and gives it the potential to be further explored and developed. This composition I worked into a full large painting and two more smaller variations.

One composition such as this can be portrayed in many ways. With different light, as the light changes through the course of a day with each day being different, as well as the changing seasons. Also, in terms of scale; moving slightly to