Thursday, 24 June 2010

SPRINGTIME IN THE WOODS

My trio of seasons have now been delivered and I thought you might like to see the final one on Spring which was commissioned after purchase from the Reepham Gallery of summer poppyfields and autumn harvest time. All three works were acrylic paintings on stretched canvas 20" x 44" .

I really enjoyed creating this one from ideas gleaned from stopping off at woods on my way home and thoughts of springtime wild flowers even though it was well into May. Hurrah for my natural history background that always seems to get into my work. It sort of created itself as I painted along, starting with the pair of central silver birch trees, then the idea of creating a 'dell' in the foreground for the wild flowers and somewhere along the process deciding on a pathway through the wood. The thought of the broken tree trunk on the right for the ivy arrived as I felt it was a little bland just petering the pathway off the canvas on the bottom right. Wonderful what imagination can do once you have the references and ideas in your head and heart.

Not the easiest of formats to work with, but by having full closeup detail at the bottom it seems to work.

Here's a photo of the wild flower detail in the foreground:

... and here's the complete work.


Now I am all packed ready to leave for Ruth's cottage by the sea to meet up with Anita for three full days sketching, chatting, sipping and just being girls!!!

5 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Congratulations on this most successful commission. Your imagination created a beautiful world and your artistic talent translated perfectly on canvas. The close-up of part of the painting shows how wonderful this painting must be IRL. I love it!

林建隆 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

That's a gorgeous palette of colors!

DJ said...

Beautiful work.
Have fun with Anita!
You deserve it...

Anita Davies said...

Well done Joannie, this is just superb!