I've been working on a new project for a while, a commission to paint a farm, a beautiful place, set just below the hills at Bromham.There are many possible, views, subjects to paint choices are sometimes too many. The obvious subject is the hills.
But I have been fixated on the lake there and a 'Hawthorn Tree' which makes a grand subject.
It is a rough, old, spiky, tree; strong, stocky with unruly branches, full of colour and changing quickly with the season; ...
..... but it contrasts against the water behind which sometimes is very still, sometimes rippled , and the colours gradate from a deep indigo near the bank to a heavenly cerulean blue further out. I've done several studies - initially it was windy and rather wild which these studies reflect, a freedom after the summer sessions of tight restraint, painting buildings in Bath.
The beginnings of a larger painting, a lot more leaves needed still ....
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