There seems to be an autumnal theme in my current paintings. Maybe because we here in the UK have had a unusually warm and sunny summer, I’m driven to think of the beauty of the sudden cooler days and gradual changes of the leaves to vibrant russets, reds and oranges. Anyway, this scene is of the Welsh/Shropshire border near where my oldest and dear friend Mike lives. We went walking here in June.
I’m enjoying line and wash at the moment. I like doing scratchy trees so here’s a russet coloured autumn day of wind and showers. I do like the autumn.
Here are two fairly local scenes. (1) a remote Exmoor cottage called Badgercombe ( John Hoar) took us there on one of his wonderful painting courses (2) one of my very favourite views of the Clifton Suspension bridge over the Avon Gorge at Bristol. I never tire of this view and it brings to mind my beautiful son, his wife and their two beautiful children who used to live in Clifton.
There are so many stunning locations for painting landscapes in the Dales. Here’s two paintings of the same location (near Thwaite in Swaledale ) in winter and autumn . Particularly interesting in this landscape are the stone barns in so many of the fields. Both are watercolours and painted as freely as I could. The greens ( by the way) are that bright in the sun. I got the very bright green by mixing Winsor Yellow with a touch of Winsor Blue (red shade).