Tag Archives: reed beds

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!

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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!