Back to it after a week off – and back to the allotment. I saw this on a sunny morning a few weeks ago and loved both the apple tree and the oil drum!
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!
One of the advantages of daily painting is the opportunity to experiment. I can try something new each time I paint. Quite often I paint on a board that I have pre-tinted. It helps to unify the image and means that I am not confronted at the outset with the terror of a white canvas! I deliberately experimented here with painting on a board which I tinted a strong orange colour. When it came to painting the trees and their reflections I did this by ‘negatively painting’ the sky/water around them. I rather like the effect. The trees are stylized and the orange and blue play off against each other. Fun!