A second painting inspired by my summer walk – looking uphill towards a shady tree on the horizon. I worked on mount board which I pre-tinted purple, the complementary colour of the warm yellow of the corn. Lots of fun with the mark making!
This mixed media piece was inspired by the amazing colours I experienced when out walking over the summer. It was early evening and the sun was low. The cornfield was bathed in a warm glow and the clouds took on a bluish- purple. It was all rather surreal!
Here are a couple more pieces inspired by my trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Variations on a theme but both in mixed media this time (a mix of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylics and acrylic inks). I loved the dry stone walls and had fun trying to create an impression of these.
Another Burghley piece … and more trees! Many of the large trees in Burghley park have mistletoe and this is all the more obvious in Winter/early Spring before the trees come into leaf. The shapes are fantastic and rather surreal. The early Spring light is pretty special too. A joy to paint!
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!
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.
Here’s thinking ahead to summer, some warmth and longer days! As I write this I am staring out of the window at freezing fog. Brr!
Apologies to those who may have already seen this. I posted it on my Facebook page the other day as part of a 7 day painting challenge and then realised I had not posted it here.