Living in the North East of England he is used to experiencing a great deal of wet weather!
I believe if you are going to do something creative you should get to the very heart of it, and I often sit outside sketching in the rain to see first-hand how it bounces off car roofs, and the ground.
Falling rain creates extraordinary reflections from cars and street lights, and I’ve developed a technique of stippling the paint with an old decorator’s brush that manages to leave paint marks that are not constrained to a uniform pattern. The split hairs from this old brush allow the strokes to become rain.”
Using a graphite block Jeff likes to set out a horizon, and some buildings, to give a vague impression of how the composition will unfold before he starts using the oil paints that he favours to build up the picture.
‘I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTRIGUED BY THEJEFF ROWLAND
EFFECT AMAZING CINEMATOGRAPHY IN
FILMS CAN HAVE ON THE VIEWER, AND
IT IS SOMETHING I HAVE DELIBERATELY
TRIED TO ACHIEVE IN MY PAINTINGS.’
Working with a small spectrum of
maybe five or six colours he then creates a palette of cool blues and greys and starts creating perspective to the painting, working from the middle distance to the foreground. After finishing the solid focal points he can then decide where exactly to place
the characters or a vehicle, add a personal touch of giving the bar an Irish or Scottish name (from his Celtic ancestry) and finally
finish off with the rain which he so enjoys painting.