Troon
By Douglas Lennox

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Year
1996
Media
Acrylic and Gouache
Subject Matter
Landscape - Sea and Boats
Reg. Number
L287
Size
55 x 62 cm

Douglas Lennox grew up in and around Ayrshire up till the age of 18 and became familiar and fond of Troon's soft, sandy beaches which overlook the Isle of Arran. Troon is a small seaside town in South Ayrshire, located 8 miles north of Ayr. Its bustling harbour is home to Ayrshire's fish market and Yacht Heaven, one of the Clyde's leading sail centres. Troon is also a port with freight and ferry services to Larne, Northern Ireland, as well as a yacht marina and fishing port.

This gouache painting expresses the ever-changing tides through textured brushwork and depth. Douglas has built up layers to create the intense colours of the sand and the sky, using gum arabic to avoid cracking and to create an "airbrush" when mixing the colours with water. By concentrating details of texture and delineation in the foreground, the artist creates the illusion of depth. This landscape is painted from an eye level perspective along a horizon line.

The artist's subject matter is predominantly the landscape of The Irvine Valley round about the town of Newmilns, and landscapes and seascapes in Ayrshire. He has also focused on marine subjects, finding inspiration from various locations in the west coast, namely Troon, Dunure, Maidens and Girvan.

Douglas works in a variety of media: oils, pastels, gouache and watercolour, and finds his inspiration by working directly in front of the subject throughout the year. He says that “there is no substitute to being out there, responding to changing light and seasons”. One of the key aspects of his working methods is to try to communicate, through his work, the excitement that he feels when witnessing an ever changing subject at first hand.

The work of the Impressionists, The Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists are all constant influences.

Douglas Lennox was born in Welling, Kent in 1948. At the age of four, he moved to Ayrshire where he was subsequently educated at James Hamilton High School and Kilmarnock Academy, before going on to Glasgow School of Art 1966-70 where he specialized in Drawing and Painting. Following his graduation, he trained as and became an Art teacher, firstly at Kilmarnock Academy and then at Grange Academy where he is principal teacher of Art and Design.