Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

Posts from the ‘Landscape’ category

‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’.

This painting was inspired whilst out walking in North Wales and depicts a stretch of the River Lledr (The Afon Lledr pronounced in Welsh) and is situated in the north-west in the Conwy valley.

As the title of the painting suggests, it came onto rain during a lovely sunny day and for a brief moment turned the banks of the river and foliage of the trees into deep rich greens and the background hills took on a misty bluish grey and all cleared away as quick as it came.

'Late Afternoon' Twixt Rain and Shine', The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales. Landscape oil painting set in the Lledr valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park
‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’
The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales

Oil on prepared panel 18 x 29.50 in

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‘An Teallach and Little Loch Broom’ Cattle Watering’

‘This fabled mountain is perhaps the most impressive in Britain, and gives a day of drama and views that will live in the memory forever. An Teallach is a mountain in Scotland. It lies to the southwest of Dundonnell and overlooks Little Loch Broom, in an area often nicknamed the “great wilderness”. An Teallach means ‘The Anvil’ or ‘The Forge’ in Scottish Gaelic; although most scholars claim the latter is most correct as the mountain’s name refers more to the colour of the terrain in certain lighting conditions, rather than shape.’

I discovered An Teallach whilst on holiday in the West Coast of Scotland. Some people that paid me a visit at my gallery in Staffordshire owned a cottage in Gruinard in Wester Ross, and I painted a picture for them in exchange for two weeks  stay in their cottage. The painting here was executed some time after back in my studio and is essentially an exhibition painting. It would be technically impossible to paint anything like this on the spot.

'An Teallach and Little Loch Broom' Cattle Watering'

‘An Teallach and Little Loch Broom’ Cattle Watering’

Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

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‘Cottage at Osmaston’ Derbyshire

I discovered this cottage whilst out walking in the small hamlet of Osmaston which is situated between Uttoxeter and Ashbourne in the County of Derbyshire. Osmaston has numerous thatched cottages, some that I have painted before such as ‘Lane End’, which is around the corner from this painting. With the privilege of artists licence I renamed it Lane End as it is situated at the bottom of the lane leading to farm fields. With artists licence I changed the tarmac to a dirt lane because I don’t much like tarmac in my paintings and, added the Rhode Island Red chickens and the figure having just fed them leaving the scene.

An oil painting on a panel of a thatched cottage in a small hamlet with chickens feeding in the foreground.
‘Cottage at Osmaston’

Oil on panel

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Landscape Paintings, ‘Windmills in Westzaan’

This painting set in late September on an overcast drizzly day is of some of the windmills situated in Westzaan, a town in the Dutch province of North Holland in the municipality of Zaanstad, which is about 8 miles northeast of Haarlem. Sometime ago an exhibition was held from October to January in a gallery near to Amsterdam where I was invited to show. The whole of the exhibition was given over to wildlife paintings, some 300 paintings were on show.

Windmills in the Netherlands, of which they are plenty, are the most obvious things to paint and my time in Westzaan was spent visiting and recording some of these sights.

I’m partway through another painting of a windmill which I will be posting shortly.

An oil painting of three windmills in

‘Windmills in Westzaan’

Oil on panel 10″ x 14″

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Landscape Painting ‘Italian Garden’

Commissioned by a client from London. After marrying and holding a reception in the garden the painting was presented as a surprise gift to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. I know the estate quite well as it is situated in my locality, the garden which is very formerly laid out reminded me very much of a Canaletto painting.

‘Italian Garden’

Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in

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Oil painting of Eilean Donan Castle Scotland

One of the most iconic images of Scotland and recognized the world over. This romantic castle which is situated on an island on the West Coast of Scotland, where the lochs of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh meet is surrounded by some majestic scenery, one of the most visited castle’s and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands, a favorite haunt of mine on the West Coast that inspired me to paint it on canvas and hangs in my gallery with a restored Victorian frame.

A romantic oil painting of a Castle on the West Coast of Scotland
‘By the Kyle of Lochalsh’ Eilean Donan Castle’

Oil on canvas panel 13 x 25 in

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An oil painting of Llyn Gwynant and Yr Arran,in the Nant Gwynant Valley, North Wales

Llyn Gwynant is a natural lake situated in the Nant Gwynant Valley in  Snowdonia, North Wales. It is a very popular destination for kayaking and canoeing and in the summer season is a popular place for campers. With it’s beautiful landscape, one could spend a lifetime painting scenes of Wales and no doubt I will be downloading more images of my paintings of Wales in the future.

 

'Llyn Gwynant'. Nant Gwynant Valley. Snowdonia. North Wales. Oil on panel, 16 x 24 ins

‘Llyn Gwynant’. Nant Gwynant Valley. Snowdonia. North Wales.

Oil on panel, 16 x 24 ins

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An English Country House

A past commission of a painting I did which typifies the English country house. Set in a dry late summer, note the sunburnt banks in front of the house and the field where the owners horses graze happily in the paddock.As I don’t paint to flatter and try to paint what I see, hence the dryness and sunburnt look of the grounds on this hazy late summer day.

A landscape painting on canvas of an English country house with two horses grazing in the paddock

‘Maer Hall’ Staffordshire

Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in

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‘ Classic Day Out ‘

Classic Day Out’ is  a water colour of Alan Davis, in his cherished MGB Roadster leaving Lewtrenchard Manor. Alan’s daughter, Catherine, commissioned me to do this painting. Alan now retired, has been in the motoring trade for 47 years, 30 of which were at the helm of his own business. He has completed many restorations of old MG’s and has been a member of the MG Club for over 40 years. Although I have never met Alan, through this painting I feel that I have got to know him partially. Alan used Lewtrenchard Manor the backdrop to the painting, for  business events as well as personal occasions, the  occasion this time, as the number plate say’s his 70th birthday. What a surprise.

 

Lewtrenchard Manor

‘Classic Day Out’

Watercolour

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‘Peckforton and Beeston Castle’ from Bunbry Cheshire’

I painted this scene for a client sometime ago who lives in the Cheshire countryside. It depicts the two castles in the distance across fields situated on the outskirts of Bunbry. As Bunbry lies on the Western Edge of the Cheshire plains I decided to paint this scene, with the castles in the distance, with plenty of sky in the style of the Dutch Masters.

‘Peckforton and Beeston Castle from Bunbury Cheshire’

Oil on canvas 

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