Voyages of Discovery. Landscapes and still life in soft pastel and/or watercolour, viewed with an abstracting eye. Light, form, colour. This is a large and varied exhibition, with about 30 framed paintings, predominantly landscapes, but also with a few still lives and abstracts, The landscapes are of favourite places, especially of the Lake District, which I first visited on a school trip at the age of 16 and have been revisiting as often as possible ever since. There is also a smaller group of paintings made on Exmoor, another wild space. Very different, the landscapes around Castelnau de Montmiral, a small bastide town in Southwest France arise from my sessions at the Painting School of Montmiral which, quite apart from the teaching, was poised above a panorama of beautiful, extremely paintable countryside extending in all directions. Closer to home, there are some local landscapes, set within the Oxford city boundary – river, canal, park, buildings. The abstracts in the exhibition are all investigations of the relationships between colours and shapes, one with another, as are all the paintings, really. And now, to conclude, rather than writing any further about myself, here are some comments written in my Visitors' Book over the years. Obviously, these are selected but are generally representative of the whole. To find out whether they are true, you have to come and have a look! . . . .-'Excellent, Jean. Your landscapes do seem to capture the moment and savour it',. . . . 'Very, very good',. . . . 'Lovely exhibition. So many we'd like to take home',. . . . 'Wonderful interplay of colours and textures', . . . . 'Beautiful, inspiring work', . . . . 'Vastly impressed by the texture and depth', . . . 'I want to write volumes about the delights', . . . .'Fantastic. Love the colours and the atmosphere . . . 'Lovely. My favourite exhibition', . . . 'Lovely use of vibrant colours and great depth', . . . . 'Beautiful and serene', . . . . 'Stunning', . . .. 'Loved the ones of the Lake District', . . . 'Wonderful abstractions and landscapes you could walk into'. . . . 'Can't believe you only started to paint when you retired' . . . . 'Loved the variety and such a good setting for viewing' . . . . Why don't you come and have a look for yourselves?
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