Ashley Jackson's Watercolour Sketches (Hardback)
'I am not one for pretty pictures.' Perhaps when I am long gone this will be a quote that I am remembered for alongside my paintings. For you will mostly find me in the gallery on a sunny day and out on the moors when it is at its most inhospitable, for these are the days that captivate me. All your senses are alive, so that what you visibly see is not the whole painting , the rest comes from you.
Ashley Jackson's Watercolour sketches is a collection of these raw drawings combined with my intimate thoughts and feelings, together they may become a finished painting. I suppose you could say that I use my sketchbook in the same way that others create a diary of words, they are a reflection of my relationship with the Yorkshire landscape.
In all honesty, they were never intended for anything other than my personal recollections.
I can go back to the drawing months later and mentally open that moment as if I was stood in that same location, I could tell you the weather, the sounds and smells , whilst the colours are as vivid as if I had gone back in time and revisited the day itself.
This book allows you to step back from my dramatic and atmospheric watercolour paintings and see the landscape in its nakedness, through my private, personal sketches you can join me in my artistic journey and conversation with nature.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, jc Cross
An interesting insight into the stages of producing a painting and finding places of interest to produce a full painting from. I am familiar with the artists paintings and often pass by his gallery so I know how beautiful, atmospheric and detailed his completed Yorkshire landscape paintings are. This book gave me an insight into how they begin and the places in the county that have stolen his heart. After reading this book and looking at the sketches I would recommend looking up some of the artists completed, and famous paintings to get a real understanding of what he is all about. Better still visit the gallery in Holmfirth. A lovely book and one to treasure.
This is a beautiful book. The watercolour sketches are so simple yet so intricate. I love the style of sketching with the soft watercolours set to them.NetGalley, Leah Horton
Each brief description gives a little extra insight into the sketches. It was like a small tour through the eyes of the artist.