Wednesday, 26 August 2020
I painted this one from a reference photo. What's not to like about this view - beautiful, lone Oak tree on left mid-ground, rolling hills, dramatic sky, sunlight on the distant fields above the lake, the lake itself, and some foreground sheep (artistic licence).
Driving home the scenic route from golf last Friday, my eye was caught by the gorgeous blue/mauve of the distant trees on the road from Lyndon. I was starving, so raced home, grabbed a quick sandwich, then shot back with my kit, parked up and walked back to get the optimum view and quickly got started using a slightly more letterbox-shaped board. It was difficult to get a good composition, because the downhill road was going straight out of the picture plane, so I positioned myself looking through a gap in the avenue of trees. Purely by accident, my car was in the perfect position to stop the eye and poke it back into the picture.
Sunday, 19 July 2020
Wansford Bridge near Peterborough was built in 1577, is a listed building and consists of 12 arches. Only one car can pass at any time and there are several triangular pedestrian passes along it, from one of which I took this view. I started painting this very lossely, then tightened up as the painting went on, reverting to my tried and tested methos of painting trees, which works for me
This Pastel painting started out as a demo sometime last year. I had forgotten about it, and found it when I was getting a board out to paint a large marine Pastel, so have now finished it off. I do enjoy doing the occasional animal study, and I find Pastel a lovely medium for the job - it lends itself to painting fur, particularly.