Tag Archives: summer

Trail through the Pines

Trail through the Pines (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

I’ve not given up on summer yet.  Trees remain a bit of an obsession still and this is based on a small sketch I made in August.  I was attracted by the shadows and the wonderful shapes of the pines.  Pure acrylic rather than mixed media this time.

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Shady Tree in a Summer Cornfield

Shady Tree in a Summer Cornfield (25cm x 25cm mixed media on mount board)

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!

Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield

Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield (25cm x 30cm mixed media on mount board)

This mixed media piece was inspired by the amazing colours I experienced when out walking over the summer.  It was early evening and the sun was low.  The cornfield was bathed in a warm glow and the clouds took on a bluish- purple.  It was all rather surreal!

Allotment Greens

Allotment Greens (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

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!

Reclaimed by nature

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/