|30 x 24 en plein air, oil on canvas.|
Well I do like this view, especially at the moment with spring weather forcing the trees to come into leaf, whilst some remain dormant. The new greens are vivid in the sunshine and together with beech hedging, conifer trees, blossom trees and evergreen shrubs the colours are rather wonderful. House colours vary adding to the interest. This painting is a large,
30 x 24 inch canvas which can be tricky to paint as the wind can easily catch it, as well as the simple act of carrying it on the easel. It has taken three trips to the site to get this far with the painting giving me the problem of deciding whether to continue and probably overwork it or to leave it as it is. I will cogitate a little.
The first visit was to simply get the outline done and to add the sky. Getting both the two churches on as well as some foreground interest. The second visit ( Monday 20th April ) saw me add some underpainting blocks of colour, getting the values down. On this visit I noticed some movement to my right, in the distance appeared the first of the summer cattle, three young black and white cows running together and generally being frisky. Today, 21st I am adding more depth and detail. As we walked to the site we saw rather plump sheep had been put out. Then we noticed some lambs. Someone passed and we talked about the likelihood of more lambs appearing soon. This was fortuitous as I could quickly add some to the painting. During all the time painting the scene we talked to a lot of people. All thoughtfully walking their dogs over the Westwood and onto the racecourse.
As I have mentioned in a previous post I would like to return to this spot and paint it again when the buttercups come out, especially towards York Road where a solid golden carpet appears for a short time.
Prints available here scroll down to number 14.