I've just realised the irony of this painting - the very venue of my exhibition next weekend towering into the skyline!
Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches
I painted this one yesterday en plein air over a 3 hour period in my village, finishing it off in the studio today with the addition of the three horses, a little more detail on the church spire, a more interesting sky and generally tidying up all over. That little bit of blue just below the gate is a band of one of my favourite wild flowers - Germander Speedwell, a tiny bright blue little gem which grows in my own wildflower meadow in my garden:
Another problem in such warm, breezy weather, and it was warm yesterday - red neck when I got home - is that Alkyds (fast-drying oils that I use most of the time) dry rather too quickly on the palette and even on the painting itself. It does enable you to layer lighter colours over the top of darker underpaint, like in the trees, but I don't squeeze too much paint out at any one time to avoid the paint curing on the palette, which does slow down the speed of painting a bit.
The answer is to use standard oils for the latter stages of superimposition. Alkyds and standard oils are intermixable, so any combination is okay, as long as you don't put Alkyds over the top of slower-drying oils, but that would only work if the oil paint underneath was dry anyway.