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!
Another day, another ditch… (sorry!)
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!
On a walk several weeks ago I noticed that the water in a shallow ditch running alongside the path was reflecting the most wonderful blue from the sky. I couldn’t resist recording it in paint.
Now that summer is officially here I am hoping to spend more time painting ‘en plein air’ (out in the field). To get me in the mood here are a couple of paintings I made in early May using my small 6 x 8″ pochade painting box. Not only were the paintings made ‘in the field’, they WERE of a field….on a sunny morning…!
I am very pleased to announce that I have received an award from Daler- Rowney at the Patchings Open Exhibition for my mixed media painting ‘ Spring Stream, Barnsdale Woods’.
Although the festival has now finished the exhibiton of paintings continues at Patchings Arts Centre until 24 July. Please take a look of you can. There are some great paintings both in the Leisure Painter and The Artist categories. If you can’t visit in person you can take a look online – see http://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/TALP/TALP_Exhibition/gallery_view.php?Ref=?1520_4&Entrant=?56ebb9061976e and vote for your favourite.
If you are interested in buying my painting you can do so via Patchings Art Centre. The price seems to have gone amiss on the website but is £145 for the original framed painting.
Here are the remaining two paintings of the series recording Wicken Fen in March. As with the first painting, these are both mixed media works on paper.
Back to acrylics for this one – based on a pencil sketch made quickly whilst waiting for my husband to return from a birdwatching ‘twitch’. The sun was shining on newly ploughed fields close to Choseley drying barns, near Titchwell, Norfolk. I was struck by the linear pattern on the field but what really formed an impression was the vivid lime green of the hedgerows filled with freshly flowering cow parsley.