Something cheerful on a cold, dull day. I think the proper name for these colourful daisies is Rudbeckia, but Black-Eyed Susan somehow sounds more homely. They certainly brightened up a dull corner of a local allotment recently and I loved the fantastic little shed with recycled guttering on the roof. My fondness for sheds is now starting to rival my tree obsession……!
A week or so ago I took advantage of the Autumn sunshine and popped down to my local allotment . I do think it’s lovely when people grow flowers as well as veg. I gave this the mixed media treatment as a way of trying to reflect the different textures in the scene, which was a bit of fun.
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!
I thought that it would be fun to revisit an allotment I painted in the Spring and this is the result.
My original painting was titled ‘Allotment Blues’ – https://sarahjenningsartist.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/allotment-blues/
The plot has since greened up dramatically and I have tried to emphasise the enclosed feeling by purposely excluding the sky. I was particularly attracted to the way the white flowers of the hollyhocks contrasted with dark shed on the left and the splashes of orange in the distance. Still love the blue shed too!
I’ve been down to the allotments again. Having fun with mixed media on this one!
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/
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.