Oil on Linen Canvas, 20x30 inches
Paintings of Bluebell Woods are always going to look a bit twee, but the sight of a sea of English Bluebells in Spring is just a stunning sight, so I can't resist.
I actually covered the entire surface with fresh paint, so there is a lot of texture that can't be seen in the photo. I also felt the massive Oak was a bit central and the composition was therefore imbalanced, so I painted in the Silver Birch in the gap to the right of it to add balance, colour and depth. I think it looks much better, but what do I know - I thought it looked alright last year until I got it back after it didn't sell at a Gallery. We can always learn, even global megastars like me!
The colour of the photograph lets the painting down a bit - greens hardly ever reproduce well, and neither do lilacs, so this was always going to be a struggle getting the photo to look anywhere near the painting. So, rest assured, the painting looks miles better than it does here! If you're anywhere near Broadway in the Cotswolds, pop in to John Noott Gallery in Cotsold Court - that's its new temporary home as from Tuesday 22nd November until a new permanent home can be found for it. It is very well behaved, needs minimal looking after and all its jabs are up to date, so are you the home this Hare is looking for?
If anyone is thinking "what's he doing putting a Hare in a wood - they live in open fields"...well, there really was a Hare that scampered off when I was there. There were fields near, so I guess he was also stunned by the riot of lilac colour!