I have been concentrating on enjoying my practical work over the summer, immersed in making many sketches on location. My problem is that I have been avoiding developing these sketches in the studio. I feel rather lost at this point and a little scared of moving on but I should feel really excited about it. I have returned to my theory research in the hope of finding inspiration to take my work forward and encourage me to take the leap to the next stage. I hope that this will lead to some unexpected and stimulating outcomes.
When I visited the Messum’s Gallery in London I was given a catalogue featuring the work of Lilian Colbourn (1897 – 1967).
Finding out about her I related strongly to her approach and methodology. I feel an empathy with her gestural style and intimate response to the coastal landscape around Staithes, a tiny, remote village in North Yorkshire. Colbourn made rapid spontaneous sketches en plein air which she then took into to the studio to translate onto canvas attempting to bring together both visual and emotional response to the experienced environment. I am inspired by the fluidity and dynamism of her sketches, something I would like to develop further in my own work.