I was sorry to read last week that David Prentice, the artist, had died. I was rummaging around in The Guardian one morning and there was his obituary. He was one of the best contemporary artists of the British landscape. I love his paintings, although I have only ever seen them in reproduction (but I do possess a rather good catalogue from one of his exhibitions). Here’s an example of his work:
This watercolour painting is entitled ‘Above Llanberis Lake’. I know that, obviously, it’s of Llanberis Lake, but it reminds me a lot of Ullswater in the Lake District which has the same wonderful shade of purplish blue when seen, as here, from above. I think one of David Prentice’s great strengths was the ability to convey the impression of light, and this is a remarkably fine example. Just imagine being able to paint like that….
This is an example of one of David Prentice’s favourite subjects: the Malvern Hills in middle England. I think it’s wonderful. If I could have afforded to buy one of his paintings I would surely have done so.
I’ve not posted here for almost a week. I’m keeping rather too busy on the work front at the moment, so there will be something of a skeleton service on the blog. But I’ll try to write a bit more before the end of the week….