Landscapes

Landscapes by Suffolk Artist Delia Tournay-Godfrey

  • Walking the Dog
    Oil on board 29 x 29 cm
  • Walkers at Snape Maltings
    Oil on board 13 x 18 cm
  • Summer Light
    Oil on board 18 x 26 cm
  • Summer Afternoon Walk
    Oil on board 9 x 16 cm
  • Snape Walk
    Oil on board 13 x 18 cm
  • Riverbank Footpath
    Oil on board 18 x 13 cm
  • Out to Sea
    Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm
  • Midday, Summer
    Oil on board 18 x 26 cm
  • Landscape with Figures and Trees
    Oil on board 25 x 35 cm
  • Landguard, Late Spring
    Oil on board 14 x 14 cm
  • Gathering Storm
    Oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm
  • Forest by the Lake
    Oil on board 18 x 25 cm
  • Footpath to the River
    Oil on canvas 21 x 21 cm
  • Footpath Through the Gardens
    Oil on card 23 x 22 cm
  • Footpath by the River
    Oil on card 12 x 25 cm
  • Footpath by the River
    Oil on board 13 x 13 cm
  • Footpath by the Lake
    Oil on board 13 x 18 cm
  • Figure on the River Bank
    Oil on board 30 x 60 cm
  • Fields of Green
    Oil on board 49 x 59 cm
  • Cyclist in the Mountains
    Oil on muslin board 27 x 13 cm
  • Brackenbury, Misty Day
    Oil on card 32 x 16 cm
  • Beside the River
    Oil on canvas 21 x 21 cm
  • To the Tower
    Oil on canvas 90 x 90cm
  • Summer Evening Walk
    Oil on board 13 x 17 cm
  • Windy Day
    Oil on board 13 x 26 cm
  • Blue Sky Thinking
    Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm
  • Coastal Walk
    Oil on board 30 x 60 cm
  • Along the Coastal Path
    Oil on board 12 x 24 cm

Landscapes

The landscapes of my native Suffolk coast are a constant source of inspiration. I have a few favourite places where I paint with an endless supply of figures wandering around; Aldeburgh in Suffolk with its lovely long shingle beach, characterful town and variety of colours that change in all weathers. Slaughden further along the Suffolk coast has an atmosphere that I connect with which continually informs my landscapes; there is a spit of land with the river on one side and the sea on the other and a magnificent cathedral-like sky that never looks or feels the same for two days running; it is a magical place to paint in. Landguard in Felixstowe is a great location with distant trees and people walking their dogs, and Brackenbury Cliffs high above the sea has a wide empty green, a lovely copse of trees with a backdrop of beach huts, and a pale light reflected from the sea below.

I paint landscapes and work directly from the subject with oil paint. It’s a tricky business battling the elements with the constant changes of light and weather conditions; the amount of equipment needed, and also being interrupted by well-meaning people because painting always stirs an interest! Using my car as a travelling studio works well for me. I love painting figures, either walking, sitting, standing; in conversation or quiet reflection within the landscape. The most exciting paintings are when I see a setting; a crashing sea, a dark and threatening sky, the edge of a building in a certain light, and a figure appears and enlivens the whole composition. It’s then an absorbing process of observation and rapid paint application alongside critical selection; what to leave in, what to leave out. Many of the smaller landscapes illustrated here were painted in a few hours, the figures worked in before disappearing, followed by an intense period of painting activity to resolve the rest of the panel. I always like the mood the paintings develop and this element becomes very important to me. Larger work is painted from these smaller works and sketchbook studies in my studio at home in Ipswich.