Sunday, 4 March 2012
Painting No 17 - Tree, Cleeve Hill
Oil on Canvas 16" x 12"
I've been wanting to paint this lovely solitary tree ever since I saw it on a walk with friends on Cleeve Hill in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds about 5 years ago.
I'm very pleased with the overall effect of this one. The deep blue sky is almost pure Cerulean Blue. I initially did the sky using rough multi-directional strokes but this didn't work. The rough surface made the sky look close so I re-painted it using smooth horizontal strokes. I think this works very well. The tree stands out nicely on the distant sky.
My daughter Lucy has asked for this and, as it's her birthday tomorrow, how could I refuse.
This will be my last painting before I go on a painting course at the Norlfok Painting School. I wonder what effect this will have on my painting style. A positive one I hope. Watch this space.