This blog is a sequel to the Instagram Ten Day Challenge.
I was nominated by Su Bonfanti to take part in this on Instagram @linkerrdesign and I decided to ‘flesh it out a little on my blog’.
Su and I go back a number of years to a small artist’s bookmaking group ‘Open Books which ran for about ten years.
It finished up when I moved away to Oxfordshire and Su went to Wimbledon to do a masters degree in Drawing.
The theme I have decided on is ‘The colour of landscape’
I fell in love with the Oxfordshire landscape when I moved here in 2008. I love the swathes of striated ploughed fields, the patterns and the rhythms. I am also attracted to isolated trees – well – trees in general!
On my return to oils in 2016, I wanted to convey the mood of the landscape, eschewing local colour in favour of emotive colour.
By the time I had finished inverting the colours and adding more saturation, I had interpreted this photos and painted ‘Striations’
Striations (45cm x 45cm) has thickly textured foreground and scratched in trees. It now graces a sitting room in Hampshire
The next painting was taken from a photo of a copse perched on top of a hill. There are these little copses all over Oxfordshire and this one made me think of an Armadillo, hence the title Armadillo Copse. Also 45cm x 45cm, it is currently available and on exhibition at West Ox Arts Exhibition in Bampton. http://www.westoxarts.com/
My love of colour is from my South African heritage.
Tomorrow I’ll share a little more about my roots and the way my oil painting has developed.