Saturday, 23 February 2008


I have at long last found a good few days to set aside to work on my second church oil painting for the Grimston Art Celebration Event in the Spring. On the 24th January I posted some local sketches and one was of a church ruin some 3 miles from here near a village called Hainforth and this is the subject I have chosen for my second piece. I have taken photos as I worked and post them all here (4 stages so far).

As you can tell there is some way to go yet before I can say it is finished. Again I used the Michael Harding oil paints but this time blended them more than the first oil painting I did (Grimston Church with Cherry Trees). It is larger at 20 x16 inches and I made more of the detail such as the tomb stones and individual trees and plants than in the 'scruffy' original pen sketch. Colours ranged from Yellow Lake, Indian Yellow, raw sienna, Indian Red, Napthol Red, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, King Blue and sap green. Quite a range with Titanium White but then I wanted to create the warm Autumn colours I first saw when I discovered the ruin among the trees.


Anita Davies said...

It's looking fantastic with i's rusty orange and smokey blue hues Joannie.
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Margaret Ann said...

It doesn't seem to matter what media you use Joan...your end result always seems to be a feast for the eye and and a breath of fresh air for the soul. Your pieces exude love. :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

How lovely of you Anita. I will follow your instructions.

Thanks Margaret Anne. I must say I do enjoy most media but of late have not opened my wonderful set of 72 Unison pastels as I have been too busy with watercolour and oils. You are the second person in two days to say such charming things about my work. I simply love God's wonderful nature in all its aspects and in particular colour. Only wish I could sketch, draw or paint people - if only I had the time I would practice, practice, practice.

Robert A Vollrath said...

I love seeing your progress on this oil painting. Listing the colors was a nice touch.

I would like to see photos of you painting on one of these works in progress.

As always, I enjoy both the image and the text.

Robyn said...

Beautiful painting, Joan. I love all the different textures and wonderful colours.