Nevil Jeffery, General Manager at Low Wood Bay has recently caught the Art bug, inspired to create digital art after meeting the iArt master J.A.C…
Twelve months ago I came across the guru of the “dark side” of iArt, Joseph Connor (J.A.C.) founder of #seensend. I love the concept – encouraging people to get out and about and capture an image on a mobile device. Once the image gets the J.A.C. stamp of approval, he rewards the photographer with a piece of art created on his iPad.
Sophia Newton, owner of the Loovre Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale and founder of annual Artober festival embraced this new art medium and invited Joseph to attend the week long, interactive art exhibition at Low Wood Bay. This radical but simple method of producing art provides an accessible, affordable medium which appeals to all age-groups. Let’s face it, taking a hand-held electronic tablet into the great outdoors is a little more practical than a large canvas!
I was immediately smitten with iPad art and although my first attempts resembled some crude impersonations of impressionism, I was determined to persevere. To fully appreciate this concept and see the process from start to finish. During the week of Artober I organised a one night ‘wild camp’ where I could observe and learn from the master. Recruiting colleague, photographer and outdoor enthusiast, Tim Bell, Manager of Lancaster House to the adventure, the three of us set off for the summit of Loughrigg which affords an impressive vantage point with views overlooking Windermere, Grasmere and Langdale.
With only minutes of daylight remaining we put up our tents. Fortunately the pessimistic forecast did not fully materialise and, despite a couple of heavy showers, we were generally blessed with clear night skies. Our eyes had adjusted to the darkness. The villages of Ambleside and Windermere caused a delicate orange glow to illuminate from behind the dark lower-slopes of Loughrigg. This I had to capture, and I frantically sketched the outlines on my tablet as Tim & Joseph turned in for the night. I was a man inspired, and I continued my I-painting long into the night from the comfort of my 4-season sleeping bag.
At 6am we were all awake. All 3 surrounding valleys lay thick with low-lying mist and the first rays of the sun illuminated the incredible autumn scenery, the sight holding us captive for the next hour and a half. Joseph, leaning on the summit cairn, concentrated the image to ipad whist Tim capturing the scene on camera from every conceivable angle. All I could do was look in awe at the unfolding scene.
I learned quickly with that with rare moments like this, you need to capture the sky in it’s outline form, leave it, then fill in the rest later, setting your pallet with the four most prominent colours for maximum effect. (Sketch attached). Then, one can turn one’s full attention to completing the “iArt” at a later stage.
Descending the hillside we met a family of four heading along the well-beaten path armed with digital cameras and tablets. For me, this summed up everything J.A.C is trying to achieve – people of all ages getting into the beautiful outdoors whilst still having the ease of mobile technology. Maybe they don’t realise the potential art-studio they hold in their hands!