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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/

 

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.