I am so fortunate to have Sewerby Park just across the road from where I live. One of my favourite features of the park is the Woodland Trail - a steady meander through some very old trees that skirt the now well tended golf course. One patch is a riot of bluebells every spring and I have had several attempts at painting them. I find them quite tricky as they thrive in the shade and are usually well camouflaged so it's a challenge to get them right. This spring I was determined to do a painting of bluebells that I actually like. I decided to try a different tack. I painted the foreground bluebells first and built the painting round them. It's not as difficult as you might think and I was able to 'tidy' them up and make them stand out by using the scratching out technique to highlight some flower outlines. I am particularly pleased with the middle distance trees - I think they have a very 'impressionistic' look that captures the essence of that early evening light. And someone else liked my efforts. The best critics are the ones who part with their hard earned cash so many thanks to the buyer of my bluebell painting. It was part of our 'Double Vision' exhibition in the Gallery Suite at Bridlington Spa. This painting and another one went to good homes this weekend. Merice also sold this spectacular photograph of a sunset over Bridlington Bay.
The exhibition runs until 27th November so there is still time for you to call in for a look if you get the chance. The Spa is open daily seven days a week from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!