I have painted from the reference photo before but had lots of fun cropping it up to these bits. I think that may paint from other already used references too. I learn more each time I do it.
"My Cows Love the Shade"
24 x 30cm
oil on panel
So often when I take my walk up to the park to see the Highland Cattle there I find them napping under the trees. I slowly work my way into their midst so as not to startle them and to let them know that I am a friend. If I could, I would actually go up and give them a big cuddle but I know that they would not put up with that so I have to just use my imagination and pretend that I do.
3 x 5
Oil on panel
The autumn sun shows at a lower and lower angle as the year gets old. This makes for some great photo opps and painting references. There are lots of these rickety old fences around in this part of England. You will see more paintings of some of them one of these days. Working this small not only gets a painting done faster but ends up teaching me more and more about painting in oils.
This painting is an iconic image in West Malling where I live. 218 years ago Turner also painted this. I love knowing that as I walk the road from my house to the village, I am walking in his footsteps. And doing the same view of the water just gives me tingles.
Late last winter Bob and I were in Munich. What a city! Easy to walk. Easy to understand the layout. One misty morning we woke up and took a walk through the Englischer Garten, which they say is bigger than Central Park. These riders were way off in the distance but were so compelling to watch. I have been wanting to do a foggy scene for a while and this one had a story that had mystery to it that drew me in. (Aside: There were also surfers in the river/stream that goes through this park - SURFERS!! I think it was a wave machine in one area that created enough for them to play on. )