Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Sparkling Dew

Oil on Board, 12 x 9 inches 

This little painting was completed in the studio with the aid of a photo, after getting as far as I could en plein air (on site). 
The glorious Autumn sunlight glinting on the water and the little jewels of twinkling dew were the catalysts for the painting, and of course, I knew the light would change very quickly with the sun much lower in the sky at this time of year, so speed was of the essence. 
Hands and brushes a blur of frenetic activity, I managed to get enough of the intense sunlight reflecting on the water (a common theme of mine for those of you paying attention), the colour and hazy atmosphere done in the hour before the view changed far to much to continue. You can see just how much the light changed in the photo below showing my outdoor setup with the painting abandoned; with the sun much further to the right, the haziness had gone and there was more colour and definition in the distant trees - completely different feel.


  1. Absolutely beautiful Peter, reminds me so much of the Rhynes and ditches around here on the Somerset Levels. The light is just wonderful.

  2. You're very kind Bev - thanks for taking the trouble. Lovely part of the world you're in!


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