Well the weather couldn’t make its mind up today, sun, snow, sun, snow but at least it encouraged me to stay in and finish this painting. Now to crack on with a new painting inspired by the weekends walk in Derbyshire. Quite eager to get started on it as the barn, which will be centre piece of the painting, was so sweet and a perfect subject. Not sure what creatures may roam the paper and sit beneath the moon that hangs bright over the barn! Attached is the tree that inspired
This weekends weather has been delightful and so so inspiring. Took several photos of scenes that may, or may not, find themselves woven into a painting, which is how this one I’m working on at the moment began life. Beneath Brentor in Dartmoor, a twisty path navigates through yellow gorse. Artistic licence has been applied and the gorse has mysteriously vanished whilst a fox scouts through just as a hare leaps past and the weather is different as is the background, but hey h
Little tweaks here and there and another painting is completed. The hare, that had briefly pondered straying into the landscape, hopped off elsewhere however a fox wandered by for a sneaky peek as the scent of doves floated past his inquisitive nose, but the safety of a dovecote is close by. A recent trample up Brentor in the hauntingly beautiful Dartmoor partly initiated the dream that inspired this painting. A path below through yellow wild gorse following the line of an ol
I had a dream.... Nothing profound ... just a dream of a landscape, with doves and three houses sitting on a hill. I do have some weird but very vivid dreams at times but this one felt like it needed to be a painting. It was a strong clear image so sketched it out and started painting. With only a dream for reference it’s a challenge. I could include anything in it, indeed I may add a hare! I’ve an urge to paint something more abstract next painting. A wild colourful fusion t
The latest painting is finished... the fox crept in but hare is aware, sniffs the air and will vanish, maybe reappearing elsewhere! This painting evolved into something I hadn't quite planned, but sometimes thats how they emerge. A walk between Bakewell and Winster in Derbyshire in early spring passed through this old farmstead tucked below Stanton Moor and I knew at some point the collection of buildings would find themselves in a painting. Some artistic licence later and he
My latest painting, not finished yet, as a curious hare wandered along. It was going to be a bright red fox heading to the farmyard for an inquisitive explore but along hopped this hare so I think foxy may well already be in the farmyard. Keep your eyes peeled on the finished painting!
Sometimes an image is like a punch to the mind. It leaps in there refusing to let go until it appears on paper, board or canvas and then, sigh, it can be at peace. This was one such painting. Although it was painted many years ago whilst I was still getting to grips with watercolours (do we ever stop learning?), it holds a special place in my collection as Dad is on it. We were walking near Offa’s dyke in North Wales when I turned around to say something to him but he was out