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The White Cottage

The White Cottage (8" x 8" oil on board)

The White Cottage (8″ x 8″ oil on board)

I had a bit of fun with this one, painting in oil on a board which I had pre-tinted a rather vibrant orange acrylic.  I wanted to try to convey the warmth of the sunlit grass and the late summer colour of the trees. The painting was loosely inspired by a small cottage I saw whilst out walking in Scotland last summer, but of course it really could be anywhere you imagine.  A little reminder of sunny days!

Scottish Pine and field wall

Scottish Pine and field wall (8 x 10" oil on board)

Scottish Pine and field wall (8 x 10″ oil on board)

Here’s thinking ahead to summer, some warmth and longer days! As I write this I am staring out of the window at freezing fog.  Brr!

Apologies to those who may have already seen this.  I posted it on my Facebook page the other day as part of a 7 day painting challenge and then realised I had not posted it here.

Temporary repair

Temporary repair ( 10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Temporary repair ( 10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

This summer I came across a stone wall that looked rather worse for wear. Some stones had clearly fallen and the gap in the wall had been repaired by means of a sheet of corrugated iron.  Although I expect the repair was intended to be temporary it looked as though the sheet had been there a good few years.  I loved the way the iron sheet had weathered and that a profusion of wild flowers had crept in.  I knew at once that I wanted to paint it and here it is.  The challenge was to create lots of different textures and using a mixed media approach was ideal for this. Here I used oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic and acrylic inks.