Thursday, 12 March 2009
On Dalton Crags. Oil on canvas board. 9"x12".
This composition needed quite a bit of simplification in order to make it work as a painting. The human eye is able to make sense of complex visual scenes in a moment and the brain automatically filters elements that complicate perception. To make a painting that 'works' requires a conscious effort to filter unnecessary elements. If everything was included and if there was too much attention to detail the picture would become difficult to read and it would risk becoming overcluttered.
Dalton Crags is a large limestone area and part of the wider limestone outcrop at the head of Morecambe Bay. These areas are of national importance for their flora and fauna. There are many Scots Pines which take on beautiful shapes and colours as they mature.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Oil on canvas board. 9"x12"
Whitbarrow is one of my favourite locations. It is a large limestone outcrop close to the head of Morecambe Bay in south Cumbria. It has a number of rare species of orchid present and is particularly good for butterflies during the summer months.
I wasn't sure if this blog was working correctly which is why I haven't posted for a few days. It looks as though Google's finding the web page correctly so here we go. I need to sort out a problem with one or two blogger gadgets but I'll get that sorted at some point when I've time to mess around with it.