I’ve used this motif before as part of other paintings, but decided to make it a painting in it’s own right. I roughly covered over an old painting to inject some energy and mystery to the final piece and then let both the underpaintings come through all over the image.

I love this half shadowed cluster of farm buildings at the foot of Clieve’s Hills, near Ormskirk in Lancashire, and this was mainly from photos I took when I painted the same scene outdoors in May this year. Like some other landscapes I have done recently, I have distorted the colour range and heightened saturations. Though I hope to have imparted a bit more edginess into this one with the underpainting and rough handling of the foreground.

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  1. I love this , Graham. The methods you have used bring a lot of energy to the painting. I have just looked at your about page and I quite agree that posting work does make you see it in a different light. Instagram is quite good for this too.

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    • Thanks Margaret. The more angles you see your work from the better as far as I’m concerned and I always find criticism more informative than praise as it makes you look again, even if you dont agree with it, it’s made you reconsider.
      I have an instagram account, but they stopped me uploading images from this notebook to it – dont know why, and as I dont have a smart phone I dont update it now.

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