Sunday, 14 November 2010
Painting No 10 - Autumn Flames on Ivinghoe Beacon
Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10".
This was a quick one (2-3 hours) based on a photograph I took last week while walking the dog. I was struck by the gorgeous yellow trees (a cluster of three small silver birch) in an otherwise drab landscape.
I used a canvas on which I'd attempted a scene of frost and mist last year sometime. I gave that up as a bad job.
I found this one interesting in terms of the composition as the hedge and pathway take the eye across to the left hand side. The trees help balance that and draw the eye back. This is demonstrated by the incomplete painting below without the trees.
Having put the tree in the picture still wasn't properly balanced so I added some figures (my daughter and dog) from another photograph.
I left the forground in a fairly crude state as I didn't want to overcook it. I'm pleased with the result although it may be a little weak at the bottom left.
I think I need to develop a more interesting signature.