Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches
I painted this one as another demonstration piece to an arts group last year and put it to one side, finally finishing it off in the studio today.
As I said in the last post, I love painting frost, almost making the landscape monochromatic. But this early morning scene was too good to miss, with the low golden sun lighting up in orange the distant willow and uppermost branches of the foreground Oak, everything else in shadow, apart from the distant bank of trees on the right and a patch of sunlit meadow below them. There was a bush immediately to my left, but I left it out as I felt it would be a little too insistent. Instead, I put in a few sheep in the distance for a bit of interest and life. The hint of maroon in the foreground bush were Haw berries and I also put in the few rust-coloured leaves left on the bottom branches of the great Oak with my (new) palette knife, echoing the sunlit Willow.