With a recent spell of good weather around here I have been out and about sketching in the mornings and afternoons. Above is a cluster of old farmhouses – now family homes – on Clieves’ Hills.
I had hoped for some more interesting beach scenes when I visited the Fisherman’s path at Freshfield – part of Formby- one afternoon. I scoured the area for quite a while before settling down to paint this scene. Maybe I could work this up with the addition of some old fencing or go for a sunset.
Then back to an early morning at the canal near Burscough, last Saturday. Looking across the fields I saw a house in silhouette and thought that it might make a nice study. I think tonally I got too dark too quickly and have lost the sense of depth. This is one of the perils of working contra-jour into strong sunlight. Though it might be worth revisiting, adjusting the tones and shuffling the main players a bit – it could be back.
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