John Maclean’s painting ‘Rock Formation at Grisslehamn’ was included in this year’s Jackson’s Open Painting Prize longlist. It stood out to me as a striking landscape painting rendered in strong, deliberate impasto brush marks and sophisticated colour – a palette of blues, violets, muted yellows and soft earth hues. It’s execution is reminiscent of the work of Post-Impressionists such as Van Gogh, but the conviction behind every mark ensures it is far from derivative. There is an energy exuding from the directional brush marks that describe the ruggedness of the scene. I admire the strong sense of design and the patches of vibrant colour that lead your eye up from the bottom left of the canvas to the top right, navigating through the rocks to the defiant majestic tree on the horizon. The sky with its bruised greys and thick clouds hint at inclement weather ahead. John Maclean is a British artist currently living and working in Sweden, who works almost exclusively as a plein air painter.
Lisa: How do you prepare yourself for a session of outdoor painting? What equipment do you take with you and how do you keep organised?