Hay Bales Dordogne

Hay bales dordogne

Dordogne, France,  Watercolour, 15" x 11"

An imaginary scene taking inspiration from the Dordogne countryside and a late summer field.  So straw bales, you can put them where you want to suit the composition.  As long as you observe their format - the texture, a flat bottom because they weigh so heavy and the stubble of the field and where they cut the hay, the bales are lying at right angles to the rows, if you see what I mean.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Dashcam painting - somewhere in Dordogne France

Another dashcam painting - dordogne 2

Dordogne, France, 15" x 11"

Another painting based on a dashcam image of mine.  Do you have a dashcam?  Many people use them now and it's surprising how many images you may have lurking on your device which might make decent subjects for a painting.  So here's mine, a quiet country road in SW France, could be anywhere.  But a play on light and shade and an accidental figure coming towards us.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms


Bristol Savages sketch night - "a good prospect"

Bristol savages a good prospect

Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Bristol Savages, Wednesday night sketch and the topic for the evening - "a good prospect".  So I interpreted this as a god view, here over rolling hills and maybe a location like the UK, Ireland or perhaps France.  There were two main stages to doing the painting.  First step was the initial wash, very weak at first and the stronger greens at the foreground.  Then, almost a second wash starting from the top, defining the far trees, hedgerows, shadows and painting around the houses.  Smoke was added as a last stage with mainly white paint with a hint of cobalt blue.


Old stone wall, Marshfield, England


Marshfield, South Glos, UK, 15" x 11".

The capped top of an old stone wall in the village of Marshfield near to where I live was the focus of this one.  Lots of different lichens and mosses growing over it and the little pig enclosure along side it could also have been another focus.  I had the grass on the right side of the wall, join with the parked car for a bit of continuity.  While the shadows were still damp they had some splattering treatment.


Weir Lane, Marshfield


Marshfield, England, 22" x 15".

A plein air painting from a sketching trip last year.  The scene is of a lane leading up to a farm behind the village, with some old barns to one side.  I introduced a few strategic puddles to get some reflections in.  Also when I was doing the first was of the lane, I left out little areas which easily became stones once a shadow was added.  Trees were done with an old mop brush in a fairly loose fashion.  The dark yew tree left of centre was done with thinker pigment and upward strokes to give the appearance of the way they grow.