Sunday, 23 March 2014

Lower Weald

I've not been able to get out to paint much recently, one reason being the return of the 'whirling pits' (vertigo) which I won't dwell on! Onto a couple of pieces I did in early March when the sun was shining. First up is 'Little Weald', less than a mile from where I live in Stony Stratford and I've always wondered about having a go at this view. The light needs to be in the right place to make it work and fortunately on this chilly morning it was ideal.


'Saturday cyclist, Lower Weald' -10x14in, oil on board

I took a few liberties by moving the buildings about a bit to try and get a composition that worked for the board I had. The building just creeping in on the left was further over but I wanted it in as a useful 'stopper'. I liked the the damp patches in the shadows on the road but it was quite tricky judging the relative tones and temperatures as there was a surprising amount of quite subtle variations. I was conscious of not muddying the colours too much in the shadow areas. There were loads of serious cyclists riding through the village (they set out from Stony on Saturday mornings) so it seemed appropriate to sketch one in. I had my anti 'chocolate box' sensors set on maximum to try and avoid doing anything too twee!

Another one from an allotment site at New Bradwell. I arrived a bit late for this so had to work quickly before the light faded. Just enough time to try and make some sense of the jumble and get an indication of the colours down. It could perhaps benefit from a figure on the left but I didn't want it too cluttered. Hopefully there'll be some new growth in the allotments soon and some opportunities for further studies. I do enjoy painting allotments although I might need to bring my earplugs back to this one as there is a resident cockerel that drives me nuts!



'Early Spring, New Bradwell allotments' - 10x13in, oil on board

14 comments:

  1. Lovely as always David! On both paintings I can notice that you have some lovely shadows indeed. I have always found very difficult in paintings to make shadow exciting and rich and interesting and you did just that. Sorry to hear your vertigo is back. Hope it goes away very quickly. Take care.

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  2. Thanks for the kind words Valerie :) The shadows were pretty good in these subjects as the sun was quite low. I'm not so keen on the midday sun but at this time of year the sun doesn't get too high anyway.

    Hope all is well with little Louisa and maybe with better weather round the corner you'll get the chance to nip out for a plein air session.

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  3. Nice painting! I like the composition and the sunny feel of it. Enjoy your paintings much.

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  4. Thanks Mark! Yes, I'm all for the sunshine. There's something very uplifting about capturing those warm and sunny moments :)

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  5. Gorgeous little pieces David, utterly charming with your characteristic economy of brushtrokes

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    1. Thanks Peter! I think the economy came about from the way the light kept changing :)

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  6. I love your "Saturday cyclist, Lower Weald" painting, particularly the rich and warm light streaming across the picture. I also like your warm tones in the distance. Excellent in every way.

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    1. Many thanks Rod. Yes indeed, it was the warmth of the light that most appealed to me in the subject.

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  7. Very nice! "Saturday Cyclist" is a real beauty!

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    1. Thanks Eric! Hope we can catch up again sometime. I trust you had lots of fun painting in Essaouria?

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  8. Hi David, At last I have some time to study all the blogs! You are definitely getting loads of colour into your paintings these days - and without losing your perfect tonal balance. Muy bueno! Missed you in Morocco but we will do it again I am sure.

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    1. Thanks Tim. Yes, trying to avoid the dreaded 'veil of drabness' at all costs these days :) There's a fine balance though, got to keep an eye on those tones as you say. So pleased that you did so well and enjoyed it so much out in Morocco!

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  9. David, I have been away from the blogs for a bit but so glad to see that you are still at it and better than ever (if that is even possible.) I love these newest pieces and will enjoy reading about what has been going on with you. I am sorry to hear though that the vertigo is not quite a thing of the past.

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  10. Hi Douglas and many thanks for the kind words. Hope you're keeping well and getting plenty of painting done yourself. I'm looking forward to getting fit and healthy again so I can just get out there and enjoy what Spring and Summer have to offer!

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