Oil on Board, 8 x 6 inches
This was a view looking from the steep bankside of the bridge at Duddington, a village near me. Looking straight into the light, the sheep were silhouetted against the late afternoon sky, giving each one a lit halo, and the golden light picked out bits of vegetation and foliage. And, of course, the intense reflection of the sun itself bouncing off the water was a joy to paint.
This was really an exercise in tones to make the picture convincing - the water was bright, but a tone down from the pure white diamonds of light. You have to squint and paint what's there. It's all about tone, tone, tone....no, not Blair - that was education, education, education!