Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sheep and buttercups

I managed to catch this scene at Castlethorpe, just a few miles up the road from home in Stony Stratford. The sheep were very obliging and created nice shapes with the light coming from an angle behind. It was the field of buttercups that really grabbed my attention though. The yellow was so intense and I had to calm it down a bit. I still wonder if I could have taken it down a notch or two but it's quite nice to have a punchier colour statement for a change. I don't normally go for subjects with really wild colours but spring yellows are very uplifting. I made the most of the 'L' shape formed by the tree shadow and tried to place the sheep so they didn't look too arranged. It was nice to see them lounging around in the shade and this provided a variety of poses to make use of (I didn't want them all munching the grass!)

Painted a few weeks back, I was on the hunt for capturing a small slice of the essence of (late) Spring. Despite the tranquillity depicted, I was actually backed up to a busy road and the air was full of heavy bass from a music concert somewhere in Milton Keynes!

'Buttercup meadow, Castlethorpe', 10x14in - oil on board 

Another rural scene, this time by a canal at Braunston. I was lucky to find this barge parked up with some nice shadows across the footpath. Just an hour or so on this one before the light had changed and the boats had started to move.

'Barge at Braunston', 8x10in - oil on board


  1. Bonjour,

    Vous nous montrez aujourd'hui deux très belles peintures...
    J'aime beaucoup celle avec les moutons. La lumière est magnifique et les nuances de couleurs jaunes qui se déclinent sont subtiles. Une très jolie composition.
    La seconde aussi est très belle. On sent la sérénité de l'eau qui baigne le bateau. La pointe de rouge apporte ce pep, une touche qui créer le contraste délicat à votre toile.
    Joli travail...

    Je vous souhaite un bel été.
    Gros bisous ♡

    1. Merci Martine, je suis heureux que vous les aimez. Vos aimables commentaires sont très appréciés :)

  2. ooohh I love this!! This is Pilgrim at his best! Your brushwork and touches of colours are a treat to the eyes. I could look at these paintings all day! I specially love how you showed a sense of depth with your cooler greens and blues in the distance. Looking forward to seeing you at Pintar Rapido!

    1. Thanks Valerie. Very kind words! I like to think my next piece is always going to be the best...alas...never seems to quite work out that way though :) Look forward to catching up at Pintar, whatever the weather!!

  3. Nice paintings David. All the best.

    1. Thanks Vic. Hope all is well with you.