Saturday, 28 September 2013

40. Fenceposts on Whinlatter Pass, Cumbria


6" x 6", oil on primed hardboard

Day 2 of my 30 in 30 (posted on Day 28!).  This is another view between the rain showers.  This is painted on hardboard primed with black gesso and left for a few weeks to dry thoroughly.  I roughly indicated the scene in light grey pencil then went straight in with a large brush and some Michael Harding paint.  The wire on the fence posts was done with a couple of palette knives (one diamond shaped and the other rectangular); I also used the little 'diamond' one to scratch in some foreground grasses.

Friday, 27 September 2013

39. After the Rain on Whinlatter Pass, Cumbria


4"x4", oil on primed hardboard.


 Blocking-in stage.

Well, four days before the end of Leslie's September '30 in 30' challenge, I at last have something to post; it's been impossible before now.  Thank you Leslie for encouraging us to post anyway.  (I may still do a final fiddle with the reflections.)
This is a view we saw when we were in the Lake District a couple of weeks ago.  England has some beautiful spots and the Lake District has some exceptional examples.  It rained a fair bit while we were there but it didn't ruin our visit.  The UK landscape tends to look very green and lush due to the damp weather and it looks and smells particularly good immediately after the rain has fallen. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

38. Barn and Sheep Study


Landscape, oil, 4" x 4"

This is a little study painted from my imagination back in August - I may work it up into a larger painting. 

I made up a set of neutrals and divided it into two then added a little red to one side and a little blue to the other.  I then used the neutrals as a base, adding a little red, blue and/or yellow to them to paint the scene.  I got the idea from Richard Robinson.