Having travelled back from my Life Drawing class and needing to set up an exhibition this week, I have not had time to paint anything new. Then as I was browsing through images on my camera I spotted one I had done a couple of weeks ago and not posted. I recall at the time I wasn’t too taken by it, but after a couple of weeks my antipathy has softened, so here it is.
I also should post it as I have a rule to post everything I do, whether I like it or not, which I pretty much follow, another reason to inflict this on you.
A view of one of my apple trees in the autumn. I liked the mellow light coming through. Now it’s up on the screen I think I might need to get a bit more texture in the left hand shadow. Leave it with me .
Merry Easter to everyone. At least we look like we have escaped the threatened snow I hope you all do – well, except for the skiers perhaps.
Another woodland painting and another repeat – I have put versions of this on the blog before. Certainly a little tighter than the previous blog of the woodland scene with no splattering; using brushes only, but I am pleased with the luminosity resulting. This is down to the layering of washes.
If I remember on my previous attempts I tried a loose approach which lost the constant tonal changes throughout the piece and resulted in taking out and scratching back. Slowly building up those changes this time seems to have paid off without it becoming overly fussy.
Another floral theme, though without the flowers. I liked the idea of the remaining leaves dancing in the sun before they fall and bitterness and ice struts in. This painting was done fairly loosely, trying to build up texture with spray as well as painting wet into wet. This has inspired me to look at some other woodland scenes I have struggled with in the past.
If you walk further towards Liverpool from the Fisherman’s Path – the subject of my previous blog- you get through the pine forest and meet this rutted track which skirts between scrub and farmland and if you turn right at the end you can get you back to the beach. As I am still building up paintings for my exhibition in April I thought I would play around with watercolour textures using this scene.
I was experimenting with a series of abstracts inspired by the changing of seasons. One of the forms I was considering was colour and I saw the birch which overhangs my garden and played around with backgrounds and colour combinations which I might use on the abstracts but this time I employed them in a representational image.
We haven’t yet got snow but the white in the image seemed to lift the image. It could be snow or light coming through the leaves. I tried to blur the background to infer form but not describe it. I will work further on this.
I have been meaning to have a go at this woodland scene for a while. I love the contrasts of the lights and darks and the autumn colours add another dimension and another layer of interest. I think I could still push this a little further and might have another go at it – but this is what I’ve got for now.
The light hitting the top of the wall, the dying bracken and the top of the buildings appealed to me. Bracken I find very difficult to pull off and I think it could have been better. I think I could have got even more light on the vegetation even after scratching back. Perhaps this indicates I need darker tones around, but I was getting muddy. Its a war out there and I wasn’t winning.