Lugging the almost unmanageable paraphernalia of ‘plein air’ painting on a journey to nowhere, I discover new levels of pain with the aid of a tripod stool. Taking the decision to pursue this experiment, testing my endurance, exposed to the elements, seems ludicrous in the age of instantaneous digitisation. What reason could there be for such foolhardy behaviour?
The aim is to explore and evoke a very real sense of place, of having been where I have been, of being intensely hot, painfully cold, wet, isolated, and uncomfortable. The activity produces a journal-like body of work; capturing an instant, conveying the fugitive play of light and constantly changing colour.
Allowing the medium to take some control, my work is sometimes contemplative and at other times urgent, dictated by the weather conditions. Revisiting locations at different times of day, differing weather conditions and rotating seasons lends depth to the process.
Alison, studio member at Harrington Mill and Backlit associate, graduated from Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Fine Art in 1996. She recently completed Post Graduate Connect course and is working in the landscape as artist in residence at Thoresby Park culminating in an exhibition at Thoresby Gallery in spring 2011.