Monday, 17 December 2012

Three commissioned paintings

Crisp Morning, Oil on board, 14 x 20 inches

This one was painted by the River Welland at one of my favourite spots, where I have painted many times before over the years in different seasons and weather conditions.  

I love painting silvery frost and the reflected light that bounces off it, illuminating the landscape in the glorious, bright winter morning light as here.  The milky reflections in the river were painted quickly then left to dry before dry-brushing the 'steam' rising off the water with an old Acrylix long flat. Then I had lots of fun with my household 1" brush and homemade long two-haired brush to give lots of texture to the frosted vegetation in the foreground.
 Bluebell Walk, Oil on Board, 12 x 17 inches

Bluebell Woods can look very sharp and contrasty in the sharp light of Spring, but if you can get out on a hazy day, when the sunlight is less intense, the scene can look enchanting and the lighting is softer as in this painting.
Teign Reflections, Oil on Board, 12 x 17 inches

Another bright but hazy light on this scene on the River Teign in Devon.  The main challenge here was in depicting the broken reflections and also the bed of the river in the foreground while maintaining the glassiness of the surface.  This was achieved by being very, very clever........

Another word on my Calendar - if any of you want to order one for Christmas, be quick so that I can get them in the post in time.  Please click on the image of the Calendar near the top right of this Blog, or scroll down to the 'Calendar 2013 pics' Blog Post on Dec 12th, thank you!

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