Thursday, 19 November 2009

IRRIGATING THE FIELDS IN NORFOLK

I am entering a new open exhibition to be held at the Forum in Norwich early next year entitled MAN AND THE ENVIRONMENT - ELEMENTS for artists who engage with habitat, the environment and nature. I decided to use the two works I created earlier this year regarding water towers and drainage mills under the subject of water and the many ways man is dependant on this element. I needed a third piece to submit and on driving back from Cromer in the north coast 15 miles from home, I spied a field with large orangy-red reels of black hosepiping and stopped the car to investigate. I met a young man working on the irrigation system who told me they were working on the potato fields of Penrose Farm.

From the many photographs I have composed the following acrylic 32" x 12" box canvas.

This is the latest stage .......

still requiring some adjustments to the far end of righthand hedge to stop it looking like a hill rather than a large field going off into the distance. The field needs further work together with the addition of the long black water pipe, a collection of farm buildings on the horizon in the gap I have left in the trees. The pathway where the wheel stands needs a different angle as it comes across to the right hand corner, plus lots of interesting plant/weed detail .


Meanwhile, here are two images of the left and right side of the painting at the earlier first layer stage.


Ill keep you posted when its finished.

4 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

I really like this composition - the strong shape and color of the "wheel" with the hose and the lines of the field :) Well done...I know this will be a good addition to the others for the show.

shicat said...

This is lovely Joan. I can easily see your paintings in as illustrations in a childrens book.
They are so wimsical yet real.

Robert A Vollrath said...

Nice work. Love the wheel. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I've been out of touch with the real world of late.

Robyn said...

Great painting, Joan. Perfect for your exhibition.