Ruthin, United Kingdom
48.000 x 71.000 cm.
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Painting - Oil Painting On Panel
I've driven past this site many times on the way into Snowdonia, before I stopped here and wandered around. Again, this is another site where, looking around, one is a little overwhelmed by the visual possibilities. Every direction you look, there is a potentially decent painting waiting for you. Scary.
For all that we owe a debt to the Romantics for changing our view of the wilder parts of nature, I still feel that Betws, in particular, has suffered by too many paintings which have over-sentimentalised it. I find the outlook of the Romantics (the painters and the poets) to be a little too grandiose for my taste. Too much overt emoting. I prefer the stance of the 19th century Liverpool school of painters, who approached painting in a more understated way.
I think it's always best to paint what you see, and let the emotion look after itself. Restraint rather than emotional carte blanche.
April 13th, 2010
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