Photo; Strange Hippo Picture Company
Beeches of Rollright - Original sold. Available in Print.
This started as a demo at an exhibition in the village of Great Rollright but it is another example of how I construct a painting
when working outdoors before completion in the studio.
I start by creating the composition with an oil sketch on the canvas, the bones if you like. I will then establish tonal values with colour and record as many details as is possible.
If you were to stand on the spot where I painted this you might wonder what was going on. That is my point though. What I see in front of me is only the inspiration for what I imagine in my mind. For example, the copper beech in the distance was such a beautifully rich colour I decided to enlarge it and make it the focal point
of the painting...artistic licence. From there I decided to create a path leading to it and a gate, slightly ajar. In the foreground are my discarded tools... and so on.