I caught a glimpse of this from the road probably because there was very little traffic about (I was travelling for a valid reason), and suddenly things which generally remain hidden become noticeable. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop and wouldn’t have been able to get closer anyway. As soon as I reached home I made some thumbnail sketches in pencil before I forgot the basic details.
I doubt it is very accurate but it will serve as a reminder that once the world is safe again it may be a place I can try and get to for a more considered painting. Meanwhile, the garden may become the focus of attention for the next however long it takes !
Stay safe and keep painting !
Built upon a rocky mound in the days when knights in armour roamed these lands, this castle, looking over the town and river of Clun on the Welsh border, has been a ruin for the best part of five hundred years.
The view between these walls faces away from the town but I love the patchwork of fields which have generated a number of ideas for paintings still to be painted.
A peek into a different world, even if it is only eighty miles or so away from one’s natural habitat, can be food for the soul and provide the stimulus one needs.
This morning was one of those glorious golden summer days which we think of as only existing in our imagination – probably because they seem so few and far between… I have been hoping for some bales of straw but disappointed when visiting fields where I have found them before only to find them full of sheep!
Imagine my delight when walking home from a neighbouring village I cut down by the church and came out behind it into a field FULL of bales as far as the eye could see. What Bliss!
This is 6 x 8 inches and the bales were painted with yellow ochre, new gamboge, indian red, winsor violet and a little blue. Saunders Waterford 140lb CP/NOT paper
It’s been a week of grey days and rain showers (some of them heavy), so standing out to sketch hasn’t really been an option.
Even so, there have been some moments when one couldn’t have wished for a better scene, and this one caught my attention for two reasons. Firstly the eye-watering bright slash of colour across the landscape, and secondly the buildings behind which seem about to be swallowed up by the flourishing crop.
Apparently, Rapeseed is the third largest source of vegetable oil in the World, which probably explains why there is so much of it about at the moment.