A Worthy Subject
This beautifully preserved Georgian Town in England is the focus for this wonderful Naïve landscape painting of Stamford in Lincolnshire. Many of its iconic buildings are highlighted.
Painted in Kerry’s unique style this is typical of her landscape art. It brings a new take on a very recognisable landscape.
Used as the location for many films and television series Stamford, has proved a favourite for its many stone buildings, narrow streets and carefully conserved churches. All of which are referenced in this particular artwork.
Painted as part of a series, in this image Kerry has included among others, The George Hotel and the Bottle Lodges – an entrance into the park for the well-renowned Burghley House – where local residents are free to take a stroll.
You can also spot one of the many churches with its spire. The spires of the churches in Stamford are well-known for peppering the skyline. It is little wonder therefore that one such should make an appearance in this naïve artwork.
Techniques to Highlight the Beauty of the Place
Kerry’s subtle layering and sgraffito effects add texture and depth of light to the painting. Though the layers are fine in some parts of the painting there are as many as twenty. Whereas in other areas of the paint the thicker layers have been scraped back to reveal a highlight of colour underneath.
With the use of a carefully chosen colour palette, Kerry brings a cohesion to the image. Colours that are muted and subtle then punctuated with zesty limes and almost neon pinks draw the eye in. They encourage us to look closely.
The River Welland provides its own backdrop both to the town. Meandering through the painting also provides the viewer with one of the key features of this lovely location.
There is a sense of familiarity in this landscape painting of Stamford in Lincolnshire. It is likely to appeal to our inner-child and bring a smile. It would look fantastic on any wall.