Oil on Board, 9 x 12 inches
I painted this one en plein air on a trip to The Cotswolds last week. This was the River Windrush just east of Burford. Painting on site is a challenge at the best of times, especially when you are facing into the sun, but this was even more trying on this occasion because the Mayfly hatch was at its peak, with billions of them flying everywhere. They hatch from their nymphs during the day, fly about in an enthusiastic, mesmerising dance, mate during the evening, then drop their eggs into the water for the whole two-year process to start again, whilst all the adults are either eaten by Chub, Brown Trout, Swallows and Martins, or die overnight anyway.
I've included a few photos of me painting, showing the Mayflies on my tee-shirt and on the back of the painting (not on the actual painting which was in shade - they liked the sunlit back of it) and a couple showing the painting in progress and how bright the sun was right in front of me.