The church of Ampney St Mary near Cirencester stands alone in a field by the side of a busy road a few miles distant of the village. It is thought the original village may have fallen prey to plague or the Black Death. Whether true or not, the church with it’s trees standing guard around it provides an interesting subject for the artist.
This is a sketchbook entry from which I want to make a larger painting on paper – part of a series with the other Ampney villages, Ampney Crucis and Ampney St Peter.
I love Spring flowers but am dismayed at how quickly they come and go. Their life span is short and so too our chance to paint them, and a whole year passes before we have another chance, by which time one has forgotten what to do..
These have probably been forced somewhere and their buds may not open, but they are too good an opportunity to miss. I think I should have put more darks into the leaves but that might be another day.
Painted in a Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook.
After all the festivities, it takes awhile to get back into the swing of things. I like to use this time of year to plan out my classes, renew my materials and decide what I want to concentrate on in the year ahead.
Here I am using up the last few pages of an old Moleskine sketchbook before I start a new book for the new year which I hope to do by the end of the week.
This is a tree beside the road in the village of Wyck Rissington. ALL the trees lining the Green are interesting to look at and therefore interesting to paint from just about any angle and always seem to have something in the background. This is just playing with an idea for the class.