Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches SOLD
I painted this one back in November at a workshop, but finished it off today.
Duddington, a village four miles from my studio, has this ancient arched bridge over the River Welland, where I gain an awful lot of my subject matter for my riverscapes. I've painted the bridge many times, at different times of day and in different seasons and weather.
The crisp morning light lit up the undersides of the arches to provide an obvious focal point, together with the willow on the left, its lit side set against the backdrop of purple-grey trees. The darkest darks are in the right foreground and the little projection of vegetation poking out into the shaft of light on the water. Careful observation of the relative tones will help give the painting recession and reality if that's what you strive for. If you're not interested in depicting the fantastic reality of nature out there, it won't help you at all, but then I doubt anyone who isn't will be reading this anyway!