Tuesday, 24 May 2011

River Wyre
Oil on board, 8"x10"
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The afternoon was rather dull and windy. It had been threatening rain but I decided to have a look at the river Wyre near Abbeystead which is a place I know well. There are about a dozen of these magnificent old Alder trees in the adjacent field and along the bank. The crusty bark is covered with moss and blue-green lichen and some of them have wierd bulbous growths on their trunks. The river goes through a rather steep sided valley at this point and was relatively sheltered from the wind which was a relief. The downside was that the midges came out to play and I had no insect repellant with me.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

View from Yewbarrow
Oil on board, 6"x8"

This is a view of Whitbarrow seen from its neighbouring limestone hilltop. I worked on this one a bit after I got home mainly to increase warmth and contrast in the foreground and to separate the elements as clearly as I could to create depth.
I forgot my tripod so had to work with my pochade resting on my knees sitting on the ground, sheltering from the incessant wind under the shade of a yew tree. This hilltop is covered with stunted yew trees, from which it gets its name, and many ash trees. The dead tree in the centre is an old ash that couldn't survive the dry conditions.
I was looking out for Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterflies but it was a bit too cool and windy; I saw none.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Leighton Moss
Oil on board, 6"x8"

A windy afternoon the other day. I'm grappling with an ongoing problem for landscape painters, especially during the summer in Britain; namely too much green! Keeping the elements separate and creating aerial perspective is a challenge.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

A Lancashire Stream
 Oil on board, 6"x8"

Done on the spot with a few minor changes later at home. I started another painting after this one but the weather changed and it became very blustery. My shade umbrella blew inside out, it rained heavily all over my palette, and the plastic bag with my waste brush cleaning tissues blew all over the field. I must have cut a comical figure scrambling around in the wind and rain trying to retrieve them. Still, all in a day's painting I guess; especially in our weather.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Blue Boat, ebb tide.
Oil on board, 6"x8"

Another one done on the spot the other afternoon as the tide was falling. Quite a lot of reflected light on the photo. I'll try and get a better shot later. I find this an interesting subject and will return to it again.