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Warm Light on the Winter Fen

sem abstract acrylic landscape painting of fens

Warm Light on the Winter Fen (12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board)

I’ve been compensating for the recent dull weather by playing around with colour and texture.  This is my interpretation of the low warm light I found on a visit to the Fens in late December.


Gorse and grass meadow

Gorse and grass meadow (8″ x 8″ oil on board)

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!

Woodland pool

Woodland pool (daily painting) (6" x 6" acrylic on board)

Woodland pool (daily painting) (6″ x 6″ acrylic on board)

Another daily painting inspired by the beautiful Loch an Eilein.  This was a view I spotted when walking around the Loch last year.  I was struck by the pale green vegetation in the water at the far end of the pool.  It just shone out on what was a pretty overcast damp day.

Spring at Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen Wind Pump (12" x 10" mixed media on paper)

Wicken Fen Wind Pump (12″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)

I have had fun working on a series of mixed media paintings based in Wicken Fen, a National Trust nature reserve situated in Cambridgeshire.

The reserve consists of reed beds, boardwalks and a river, not forgetting the iconic Wind Pump, which appears here in the first of my three paintings.  I visited on a clear blue sky day in mid March.

Sunshine and showers

Reedbeds, Titchwell (pastel on mount board, 29x29 cm)

Reedbeds, Titchwell (pastel on mount board, 29×29 cm)

The early May Bank Holiday weekend regularly features a family trip to North Norfolk and this year was no exception.  The warm and sunny weather of recent days broke – typical Bank Holiday!  However the sunshine and showers created wonderful light and fantastic cloud formations.  The reed beds at Titchwell RSPB reserve positively glowed!