Oil on Board, 12 x 17 inches
This is a glorious, panoramic view over Dartmoor that I've painted for my Devon exhibition in November. I was immediately drawn to the wind-carved old tree with its dark under-canopy and vivid Spring foliage, set against the ever-receding blue tones of the vast distance below in the valley, spotted with little cottages in the Dartmoor villages.
I started painting the backdrop, using more blue and white in the mixes of my three primary colours for the distant hills, fields and trees, then added more red and yellow and less white as I painted the ones nearer the foreground, thus portraying the illusion of three dimensions to the painting, hopefully. If you pay close attention to the relative tones and colours, that illusion of depth will be created.
The title? Well, that sign on the five-bar gate reads 'Please do not toboggan in these fields'!