Saturday, 13 May 2017

Painting of the river Ouse, Sussex

The river Ouse in Sussex
Returning from my bluebell walk the other day I followed the path back along the edge of the river Ouse.
There has been hardly any rain for several weeks and the water level was so much lower than usual causing sunlit ripples around the rocks and plants.

        "Rippled reflections around rocks flow.
                When the rain didn't come
                               and the river ran low.
         Sun scorched lilies strive to grow.
               When the rain didn't come
                               and the river ran low "

                            "When the river ran low" 
                                            Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
"When the river ran low" Acrylic painting of the river Ouse

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Painting the bluebells

Bluebells in Sussex
Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to paint the bluebells and every year they look and smell so wonderful that I can't resist!
I don't want to paint the same old bluebell picture each year so my quest was to find a location that would give me a different composition to previous paintings.
This year I explored the woods that are situated just behind the Bluebell Railway (very apt) at Sheffield Park.
I set off  about 6.30 am so that I could catch the soft, early morning light. It was a lovely walk and I discovered 3 different woods each delightfully adorned with a scented carpet of blue!
Wapsbourne woods, Sussex
So....did I paint them?  Yes, in fact I painted two!

                                                  "Morning Blue" 
                                  24"x18" Acrylic on canvas
"Morning Blue" Painting the Bluebell woods in the early light
                                                        "Bluebell Days"
                                      12"x 10" Acrylic on canvas
Bluebell painting number 2 "Bluebell Days"

Sunday, 30 April 2017

"Springtime Yellow"

Yellow rapeseed fields
For my latest painting I decided to stay with the beautiful yellow fields of the oil rapeseed crops. Due to crop rotation the opportunity doesn't arrive every year, in fact I've waited 2 years for some good local displays.
My walk took me to the western outskirts of Lewes in the early hours of the morning. The colours were stunning and the frequent slopes that my path took were ideal for capturing the curves and contours of the South Downs.
Views from my walk among the rapeseed crops on the South Downs
It's great to use such vibrant colours , Spring is a delightful season !

                                          "Springtime Yellow"
                        Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
"Springtime Yellow" Painting the yellow rapeseed fields on the South Downs at Lewes, East Sussex 


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Painting the Sussex landscape in Spring

Bo peep on the South Downs
There is nothing brighter or more colourful than the yellow Rapeseed fields in full bloom!
My travels took me up on top of The South Downs at Bo Peep near Alciston in East Sussex.
As you can see the views were stunning.....

I've wanted to paint this view since we went to the Firle Hill Climb last September
But now the views are even better and a perfect composition to paint. It was hard going at times but I persevered and got there in the end!

                                               "Springtime Sussex"
                                    Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
Painting of the view over Sussex from the South Downs at Bo Peep
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