Behind a Thomas Moran Landscape

Thomas & I were delighted with the positive response his interview post received – Meet My Intern. There was a lot of interest in his beautiful landscapes so he has written a post for us to give us a behind the scenes look at a Thomas Moran landscape. Take it away Thomas…

I’ve always been artistic even from a very young age. Always drawing and then eventually painting. I can remember from a very early age my aunt who also is very artistic herself, decided we would have an afternoon of painting, this is my earliest and fondest memory of painting. From there I was hooked. It’s crazy to think an afternoon copying Miss Piggy from The Muppets Show, now has led here.

After studying my BA in Fine Art, I moved back home to the west, still inspired and oozing the post degree buzz. But the sudden impact of moving back home, with no studio space made things a little more difficult than I had imagined. So I went back to my parents kitchen table and decided to paint again.

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I’ve always been drawn to landscapes. There is something you can’t beat about a landscape. When I’m painting them I need to get lost while painting them. It’s almost like a time lapse and suddenly it’s done. ( saying that there a constant struggle when is you piece actually finished mine usually end when somebody ask if I want to go out for wine )

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I’m truly blessed about my location on the West Coast of Ireland, it’s rugged coastline, rich green fields and dramatic sky’s. One thing many people ask me about whether or not I sit out and paint in the environment. For me it a no, if anyone is familiar with the west coast, then I’m sure they are up to date with our weather conditions. It honestly changes to much, too often. I have tried before and became frustrated with the fact the sky and shadows move constantly.

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Photo taken by Mary Dillane.

So I usually work from pictures I’ve taken from the scene. Usually with my iPhone. I take a lot of photos of the scene. Trying to capture everything, as I would if was sitting there in person. When I get home I print them all off and pick the best composition for me. And then try and capture some of the missing emotion that I couldn’t capture through a lens but hopefully achieve on canvas all while sitting at my mum’s kitchen table with my iPod on shuffle.

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For me, there are some important things I always look for in a landscape – a good horizon, dramatic clouds, and something to balance the foreground. I think once you have all those it the perfect combination, like a good night with friends. Horizon is your balance which good friends contribute, dramatic clouds are all the stories you reminisce about, and the wine is the balance in the foreground.

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The finished piece.

The painting will always be a part of my life. And most of the time it a complete joy, it’s also very difficult to remain focused and in the zone. But it’s always worthwhile when I sit back and see the finished piece. I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look behind a Thomas Moran Landscape.

Thomas Moran, visual artist, can be found on Instagram & Twitter. He’d love to connect with you. For current updates & a look at his artwork from past exhibitions, find Thomas on Facebook.

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