Reclaimed (Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
A glimpse of sunlight (Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
Inspired by the ’30 days wild’ campaign run by the Wildlife Trusts every June, I visited my local nature reserve a couple of weeks ago on a lovely sunny morning and these mixed media pieces are the result.
The reserve is Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve, which is run by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. As the name suggests, the reserve is what was originally a working limestone quarry and I found it absolutely fascinating. Some of the original stones remain and these are very much being colonised by nature. The place was a quiet oasis of wildflowers and butterflies. I’ll definitely be visiting again. If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, here’s a link http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/ketton-quarry/
I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks. They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark. It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!
A small oil study from sketches made on a walk around The Meadows in Chester a few weeks ago. The gorse bushes were glowing in the sun and with the warmth came the coconut smell of the gorse flowers. Lovely!
The bluebells seemed to be fantastic this year and a few weeks ago I took sketchbook and camera out with me to record them before they disappeared. I actually created these two oil paintings shortly afterwards but it has taken me a little time to post them here. Hope you like them! Available to buy here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html
This is the second of my allotment pieces. The combination of the blue shed and pots and the vivid spring green grass was something I knew immediately that I wanted to paint. Lots of fun! Available to buy here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html
I’ve lots more recent paintings to share that I have not yet found time to put here so expect a flurry of posts over the course of the next few days.
A few weeks ago I started visiting local allotments with the idea of painting the growing season and general allotment life. All I managed at the time was to make a few sketches and take a few photos. This is the first of two paintings based on the sketches. I was attracted by the empty chair and wondered how many times it had been wearily sat upon for that well-earned mug of tea. I plan to go back with my paints next time and know that given the recent weather the scene will have completely transformed!