|Plein air oil on board 12 x 10 inch|
Sometimes, actually most times, the less obvious view can catch a moment, a sense of something not planned. We visited Castle Howard today and I took a pochade box just in case. After a light lunch we walked down towards the main lake where I spotted a building, mostly hidden behind a tree lined lake edge. Also, a delicate "forget-me-not" type flower, a beautiful pale blue giving an impression of a drift of sky, cerulean amongst the grasses. The edge of the lake was fringed with reeds, perhaps even some flag iris yet to flower. The effect being in great contrast to the dark water which reflected a subtle kaleidoscope of greens. A couple came over and we chatted for a few minutes. They were from China and staying in York. I suggested that they visit Beverley and have a look at the Minster. They liked the idea and set off to drive to Beverley. I gave them a post code for their sat nav and off they went. I hope they made it - I am sure they will love the Minster. So here is the rather simplistic impression of the moment - I like this a lot, especially as it was an ad-hoc spur of the moment painting.
Do not forget to visit the gallery where we have a small exhibition of paintings, depicting a year in our local ancient wood called Burton Bushes.
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