Artist Steven Townsend News – releases 1st limited edition Border Collie print in 3 years – set in Deepdale Hause, Lake DistrictFebruary 15, 2012 on 2:07 pm | In Dog Art, New Releases, Photorealism, Steven Townsend | No Comments
Steven Townsend is famous in the UK & overseas for his artwork and his limited edition paintings of Border Collie sheep dogs. Many that follow his work & his photo realistic style, know his art is often mistaken for photography & ‘Ready To Start’ is no exception
For the first time in 3 years, in fact almost exactly 3 years, Steven has released a brand new border collie limited edition called ‘Ready To Start’ & the dog Victor is pictured in between some very famous landmarks in the Lake District in the UK. Just how many landmarks and tourist areas Victor was standing in between, was a surprise…
We caught up with Steven Townsend and he talks us through the Lake District backdrop in ‘Ready To Start’:
“This is one of my favourite collies to paint & it features the dog ‘Victorâ€™ the same dog who is in the paintings ‘Victor’ and ‘Tommy’ (‘Tommy’ features Victor but I choose the name Tommy for the painting!) & the dog is about 4-5 years old
This is a very popular walkerâ€™s area in the Lake District, the area is called â€˜Deepdale Hause.â€™ Victor is actually on the cross roads & you can access this spot from so many different areas.
Original post on: ‘Tommy’ & ‘Victor’
At the back we you can see â€˜Grisedale Tarnâ€™ (â€˜tarnâ€™ is a mountain lake or pool) & just off at the left of the picture, behind the first mountain you can see â€˜Seat Sandleâ€™ behind it, another very famous landmark.
Now looks at Victorâ€™s mouth and directly where the pink part of his mouth points, can you see the small mountain path? that is â€˜Falcon Crag.â€™
Victor himself is looking towards the â€˜Grisedale Valley.â€™ (not pictured)
Above Victorâ€™s ears in the far distance (and quite greyed out) is â€˜Buttemere Rangeâ€™, or â€˜Scarfell Rangeâ€™ an absolutely massive area (â€˜Scafell Pikeâ€™ is the highest mountain in England)
Lastly, the hill to the left of the picture, showing in shadow, if you go up that it leads to Fairfield.
Geologically this painting is spot on, rock for rock. (i.e. its 100% accurate) I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Victor for this new painting and it was a pleasure to be in â€˜Deepdale Hause.â€™ (Steven goes out and takes 100s of photographs, then comes back to his studio and paints from them) There are lots of sheep up there all around (not pictured) and as it moves into the evening, you can look out and see scores of white eyes all around in the fields, as the sheep sit down and move around.” (Steve chuckles)
We hope you enjoyed this & below is our largest ever set of links from Fine Art Blog to the areas Steven Townsend mentioned:
Grisedale Tarn from Deepdale Hause
What an amazing day here in the UK, the sun is shining and summer is truly here!
We went to the deepest darkest depths of the internet and found a Nigel Hemming tribute video showcasing some of his artwork on YouTube:
Appears to be by a (we think Russian) YouTube user ‘Aleksandr0159′
The pictures start after 14 seconds and I must say it is an excellent video and Nigel Hemming himself said he loves it and is very flattered that someone has took the time to make it.
So we have a little COMPETITION for you, the person who can name all the titles of the pictures in the video will win a small, signed, Nigel Hemming print.
Please use the email address on the blog to submit your entries or through a comment on this post; we may decide to award the person nearest to naming all the titles, if no one gets them all right!
A big thank you again to YouTube user ‘Aleksandr0159′
Stay tuned for some exciting Nigel Hemming news and new releases.
Direct Link to the video: www.youtube.com
Better late than never again, we now have a quick press release about Steven Townsend latest painting, yes it is a limited edition print from a painting and not a photo!
(‘Truffle’ by Steven Townsend)
“This is Stevenâ€™s latest print called Truffle. Truffle is the first bitch that Steven has ever painted, she is 10 years old and a real character but more importantly she looks like everyoneâ€™s idea of a black Labrador.
Truffle lives with her owner Karen Powell in Gosforth in the beautiful Lake District, UK. In her younger days Truffle was a working dog but now is a pet and the only dog to live in Karenâ€™s home.
The dog is pictured on it owns backdoor, the beautiful banks of Wast Water. It is quite a while since Steven painted a dog in a landscape and it is proving to be another â€˜Master Of The Hillsâ€™ (another of Steveâ€™s classic dog paintings) as far as Stevenâ€™s collectors are concerned.”
(‘Masters Of The Hills’ by Steven Townsend)
Well once again, its better late than never and here is my thoughts on this marvelous artwork, released 2 years ago this month.
(‘Waiting For Stan’)
‘Waiting For Stan’ has become one of Steven Townsend’s best selling limited editions of recent years. There is something about this image that has captured the imagination of Dog lover’s.
The idyllic setting, walking your dog through the surf, with the cool refreshing wind on your face and the salty smell of the sea in your nose, I’m sure triggers memories for a lot of people; however it is the way he has captured the collie in the painting that ‘sells’ this picture. So many people have commented to me that the collie ‘is their dog’ and that Steven has captured him or her perfectly. As I’m sure youâ€™ll agree it is an absolute classic image.
(Photo of the beautiful Bamburgh Castle)
Here is the original Press Release from Steven Townsend: “We are pleased to announce the publication in print of the latest dog painting by Steven Townsend.
It is titled â€˜Waiting For Stanâ€™ and features a beautiful collie by the name of Ollie on Bamburgh Sands, which is one of Stevenâ€™s favourite places. He spotted Ollie, waiting for his owner to catch up, on one of his very early morning walks.
As in all of Steven’s dogs these new prints are already being eagerly awaited and it promises to be another top seller.”