Saturday, 6 November 2010

Stour Power

Today I returned to one of my very favourite spots, on the banks of the river Stour near Bryanston.

I was hoping to have caught the last of the autumn leaves before they fell. In this I was disappointed. Not one leaf remained on my row of trees.

However, having painted here most recently in the freezing depths of winter in January, today I was grateful for the relative warmth of autumn.

This is not only a factor which impacts on my comfort and choice of clothing, but also something which fundamentally affects the light and mood of the landscape – and consequently the painting.

In my previous post yesterday I spoke about complexity and how this can affect the 'blocking in' and placing of shapes in relation to each other at the start of the painting process.

Today's painting shows a more typical start, where I have blocked in across the whole of the canvas.

That is not to say however, that today's painting was any less complex than my Osmington rocks – far from it. It doesn't matter how many times I paint this view, the structure and shapes of the branches as they recede in a row demands a great deal of scrutiny and work to make sense of.

Balancing this exacting information with the natural poetry and appeal of this beautiful landscape is both the inspiration and the aim for me.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering when you'd get up to the Stour again!.. Poplars are more prone to losing their leaves in a wind this time of year than species such as Beech, etc thats still giving a good Autumnal display.

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

that is my comment above Harriet, I cant verify my postings with the iphone...Darn Google!

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