Oil on wooden panel
30 cm x 24 cm or 9.5 inches x 11.75 inches.
The same little lane, red campion shining out amongst the cow parsley and wild angelica. The sweet smell of late spring hedgerows, especially after a little rain, is so powerful at the moment. It has been such a long winter that all of a sudden everything is clammering to grow tallest and fastest, it is a spring explosion, fireworks in the hedges.
I thought you might be interested to see how the paintings are developed.
First of all is a little sketch done on location, in a small moleskine watercolour sketchbook, using a tiny watercolour set and a water pen and sometimes a little pen as well.
These sketches are really quick, not finished at all just a visual reminder of a place, colours and shapes.
I have changed the way I am working for oil paintings, I was working onto a black ground, blocking in the light and working out from the black. These leafy lanes, woods and trees have so much texture and direction that I decided to go the other way. So onto white gesso I paint the whole thing, or rather do a painted drawing, looking to build up tones and depth of field. Once that is dry I begin to build up the layers of colour in semi transparent glazes.
Finally plopping in some thicker paint, right at the end to make the statements.
I think these leafy lane paintings are going to the gallery for their summer show, well they will if they like them!