Looking for The Light - David Taylor


Looking for The Light

Artist: David Taylor
Language: English 90 mins
Format: PAL DVD
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Light is all important to David’s work. In this film he goes in search of the wonderful light of Italy along the Amalfi coast. Arriving in a new area, he emphasises the benefit of sketching before starting to paint. He then goes on to complete paintings of a variety of subjects including scenes of boats and buildings, a beach, the charming hilltop village of Ravello on a sunny afternoon and even a street painted at night. His paintings perfectly capture the atmosphere and light of the Italian scenery.

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LEISURE PAINTER - November 2008

Review by Theodora Philcox

Looking for the light
The beautiful Amalfi coast is the setting for Australian artist, David Taylor’s second film, Looking for the Light. Having completed a series of sketches to help him gain a better feel for the place, and a colour study from a high vantage point above the beach, his first major painting is down on the beach. The air is very warm, making the colours dry quickly, and David works to simplify what is a complex collection of buildings rising up the cliff. His use of Arches rough paper allows him to employ the texture to create the effect of waves, and the sparkling highlights on the water. He talks through his methods and choices of colour as he goes, allowing the viewer to understand exactly what he is doing. Finally he adds a glaze to one side of the painting to knock some of the harsher contrasts back, and to give harmony to the colours within the image. The next painting finds him down in Almalfi’s harbour, where he applies a lot of water to keep the paint flowing. Again it is a complex landscape, but photographic realism is not his aim; rather, he wants to create an impression of what he sees. He advises being careful to know when to stop, so as to leave something for the viewer.

A square in the village of Ravello is the subject of David’s third composition, where he has to work fast to capture the interesting play of shadows whilst in complete contrast, he then chooses to paint a street scene by night, building dramatic tonal relationships.

Finally, David returns to the scene he first tackled as a colour sketch, with the sun just on the buildings and not yet on the rock that is silhouetted behind. Painting this spectacular scenery, he also captures the varied life on the beach. The film emanates the warmth of southern Italy and viewers of all levels will learn a lot from watching David confidently explore the play of light in this wonderful setting.
THE ARTIST - December 2008

Review by Oliver Lange

Light is something that fascinates many artists, for the particular quality of light will always influence the impact of a subject. Amongst contemporary painters, David Taylor is one of the most accomplished at capturing the different effects of light, and in his latest film, Looking for the Light, we find him in search of subjects along the spectacular Amalfi coast, in southern Italy. Here, with its wonderful combination of warm light and strong shadows, he finds a rich selection of exciting subjects to paint, completing each one with tremendous insight and skill.

After showing us how he familiarises himself with a new location, by walking around and making sketchbook notes and small watercolour cameo studies, David selects a spot for his first demonstration painting, which is of a beach scene with a backdrop of buildings and distant hills. He uses Arches Rough paper, starting with a pencil drawing and then mainly working on a damp surface, first concentrating on ‘the big areas with a big brush’ and then gradually resolving everything, although all the time keeping the colour fresh and the marks loose and sensitive.

In his other demonstrations there is again much to admire and learn as he paints a misty, atmospheric harbour scene at Amalfi, strong contrasts of light and shade in the village of Ravello, an evocative night scene, and another sunlit beach. Throughout, there are plenty of tips, both visual and verbal.

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