Monthly Archives: February 2017

The White Cottage

The White Cottage (8" x 8" oil on board)

The White Cottage (8″ x 8″ oil on board)

I had a bit of fun with this one, painting in oil on a board which I had pre-tinted a rather vibrant orange acrylic.  I wanted to try to convey the warmth of the sunlit grass and the late summer colour of the trees. The painting was loosely inspired by a small cottage I saw whilst out walking in Scotland last summer, but of course it really could be anywhere you imagine.  A little reminder of sunny days!

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Tree study. February morning. Burghley

Tree study. February morning. Burghley (6" x 8" oil on board)

Tree study. February morning. Burghley (6″ x 8″ oil on board)

Here’s the second of the small plein air pieces I painted at Burghley last week.  There must be thousands of old trees in Burghley Park, many of them adorned with mistletoe, so it is easy for me to find subject matter everywhere! However last week I only had a short amount of time and a small board so I concentrated on trying to capture a small stand of trees which was being lit by the low sun. There were fantastic shapes – a couple of fallen trunks and some amazing twisted branches.  I was also treated to deer grazing in the field! The best I could do that morning was to capture an impression of shape and colour.  I may work this and the first painting up a little larger to explore the subject further.

 

Cold February morning

Cold February morning (6" x 8" oil on board)

Cold February morning (6″ x 8″ oil on board)

Waking up to a frosty but bright Monday morning I took my paints and pochade box out to the parkland surrounding Burghley House.  The light was lovely, the dog walkers were out and the parkland deer were quietly grazing.  A pretty magical time.  This is the first of two small oil sketches I was able to make before the cold got the better of me!

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

Thanks to those who took part in the quiz (see last post).  The first painting was in acrylic and the second in oil. The acrylic was marginally more popular than the oil and this seems to have been because people preferred the colour.  Thanks for your feedback, whatever your preference!

Here’s another Chester piece, again inspired by the Winter morning light that so impressed me a few weeks ago.  My vantage point was the suspension bridge, which gave me the opportunity to get a novel view of the River Dee from above – and include the fantastic reflections in the water. I hope you like it.