After weeks in lockdown, our nation's talented artists are once again showing off their working galleries both sides of the Border. We talk to North Wales landscape artist Alison Bradley
Gazing at beautiful artwork can be therapeutic and a wonderful antidote to the bad news constantly on our screens at the moment. So a visit to one of Wales' and the Borders’ galleries could be just what we all need after weeks of being locked away in our homes.
Landscape artist Alison Bradley has been working hard during lockdown to bring some sensational new pieces to the walls of her gallery in Chester.
“Having to temporarily close the gallery during lockdown was sad but it has given us the opportunity to work on new projects,” says Alison.
“Many people have commented on how they’ve become closer to nature during lockdown. With the restricted travel rules I haven’t journeyed to Snowdonia or the Lakes to paint the landscape as usual, but I have revisited my sketchbooks and source material which I’ve amassed over the years.
"I’ve also observed light, shadow and the changing colours in my own garden. As an artist I believe you can find interesting subjects all around if you open your eyes.”
Alison has been experimenting wth new materials, such as soft pastels and it has been a fascinating journey for her.
“There are a wide variety of pastels and papers to suit different artists’ styles and subjects and traditionally pastelists use sanded papers. However, I’ve also been experimenting with Bockingford rough water colour paper, which creates a textured feel well-suited to rural subjects.”
Alison says she is excited to be welcoming customers back to the galleries and one of her new pastels is now available as a limited edition print - Winter Sunburst, Snowdon (pictured) - alongside several new originals on display.
For more details about the galleries or buying Alison’s work direct, visit: www.alisonbradley.gallery