Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches
Throughout the Midlands, Bluebells grow in profusion in ancient woodland, and Where I live in Rutland, we have some fabulous Bluebell Woods. However, in Devon and Cornwall, Bluebells seem to grow everywhere, and here they were growing right along the banks of the River Teign - absolutely unheard of where I live.
This little painting was more about the water than the Bluebells mind you, with that gorgeous, glassy effect that the surface takes on when looking almost straight into the sunlight. Quite a contrasty painting, with pretty dark darks next to the intense brightness of the pure reflected sunlight high in the composition. This sort of fairly fast moving water is much more challenging to paint, and being very clear, the stones on the river bed can be clearly seen, adding yet another dimension to capturing just the reflections.