|Plein air oil on canvas 12 x 10 inch|
Behind me, to the south, Cherry Burton can be seen over a field of dark brown, deep freshly ploughed furrows, the Cherry Burton church of St. Michael's featuring prominently in the distance. The heavy, wavy, wetted furrows reflected rows of sunlight making one squint.
To the north we have Etton. Alongside the copse, a track led to a kissing gate and footpath sign. An adjoining field was full of sheep which came very close to the path, feeding from a clamp of fodder. I set up the pochade box and began to paint. After outlining the scene in soft pencil, I started adding the interesting sky. Then I added the grass, the copse threw shadows over the foreground grass which conveniently gave me some foreground interest. The sun was out, however I was in the shade of the copse and it was very cold. When I stopped, I walked through the copse and back to my car. A delightful little trail took me past snowdrops, fully in flower, embryonic daffodils and the dark waxy green spears of leaves indicating that bluebells were to follow shortly.