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!
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.
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!
A small plein air study of the laden apple tree in my garden. I can’t pick the apples fast enough – the birds seem to be getting more than their fair share!
I have just spent an enjoyable couple of days plein air painting with other artiists from the Welland Valley Arts Society. The weather was fabulous and of course there were plenty of wonderful views in Stamford for us all to paint. Our event also coincided with the annual Stamford music festival, providing additional interest.
These are my three ‘bijou’ works from the event. They and the paintings made by other participating artists are currently on exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre for the next two weeks. Do take a look!
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…!
Had a great day last week painting at Assington Mill in Suffolk on a plein air course tutored by Roy Connelly (www.royconnelly.com). A fantastic location and wonderful weather! Great advice from Roy too. These are the 2 smaill oil paintings I produced on the day.