Gregory Paul Learmonth's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
summer morning at stepping stones island (2017)
This is one of the two paintings I have done of this scene. One is a Winter scene, but this painting shows the river Wharfe on a bright summer morning. This particular site has always been a popular play area for the children of Burley in Wharfedale. I have seen old photos of them paddling in the shallow water on the right bank and rock pool fishing in the same place. I painted this painting mainly because of one thing.....the light catching the top of the large tree on the island.
still life with apples and jug (2009)
I don't usually paint still life paintings so I was particularly surprised to see how well I think this one turned out. Some of the members of Burley Art Club (of which I am president) have asked me in the past how I go about painting such a painting as they are fond of still life themselves and I reply "It's not easy this art lark! Honestly though use your eye, basic shapes and now and again step back and look at your creation. Also practise drawing and ask others what they think".
the Mill Pond at sunset (2010)
In Burley in Wharfedale there is an old mill pond that used to drive a near by grain mill. This painting shows the pond at sunset. I like this painting for it's colour and how it shows the light at that time of day. As was my inspiration at that time I painted it very much in the style of the Impressionists especially in the use of colour.
The Roundhouse, Burley, sunrise. (2017)
This is the first of a series of seven paintings of a local building called The Roundhouse. Painted on a summer's day at different times of that day from sunrise to nightfall. Fortunately for me four of them have sold and this is one of the remaining unsold ones. The Roundhouse in Burley in Wharfedale belongs to the nearby large Victorian building called The Grange. I believe The Roundhouse used to be a conservatory of some sort. It is now mainly used as a tea room.
Sunflowers (after Van Gogh) (2010)
One evening in 2010 at a Burley Art Club we had a "Van Gogh evening" where we set ourselves the task of painting our own version of one of his paintings and this is my resulting effort. I enjoyed the evening so much that later in my own time I painted another from the Sunflower series which I am happy to say sold almost immediately.
The Malt Shovel. Break in the clouds (2012)
On Main Street in Burley in Wharfedale is an old building called "The Malt Shovel" (now private accommodation). This painting shows the sun breaking through the clouds onto the building. The Malt Shovel was a hotel built in 1880. Since then it has been a fashionable bar, a meeting hall and dance venue, a restaurant and is now four large apartments. This painting is 36 x 30 inches in size and is one of a series of six paintings.
Ben Rhydding lake (2015)
Ben Rhydding is on the immediate outskirts of the town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire. This lake is part of Ben Rhydding nature reserve created after the quarry there closed. Open now to the public the reserve is now very popular with local dog walkers as well as wildlife enthusiasts. The lake is surrounded by woodland which has been there since the quarry was first established.
view of Otley Chevin from Ilkley Moor (2016)
Near to where I live is the market town of Otley. Otley apart from being famous as the birthplace of Thomas Chippendale is also famous for it's Chevin. This painting shows Otley Chevin viewed from the tops of Ilkley Moor with the Cow and Calf Inn just out of view to the left. Otley Chevin is half way between being a hill and a mountain and is very popular with visitors to the area as well as walkers and day trippers as it affords great views of the local area.
Selwicks Bay, Flamborough (2015)
Just on the tip of Flamborough Head (near Bridlington) on the Yorkshire coast is Selwicks Bay. This painting shows the entrance to it on a sunny day. Painted on standard stretched canvas. Selwicks Bay is a small beached area with it's own light house and leads North to Bempton Cliffs which now comes under the rulings of the RSPB.
Scale Nab, soft sunset (2014)
Scale Nab is a promontory jutting out from Bempton Cliffs ending in a small sea arch. Here it is seen from the south at sunset. I was attracted by the pinkish colour of the sky and the reflection of soft light and the setting sun on the sea. Most of my paintings on this gallery are painted on standard stretched canvas, but this one is painted on a box canvas and as it fits flush against the wall and is painted on the sides of the canvas it does not need to be framed.