POPLARS, MISTLETOE AND OIL SEED RAPE
Oil on board 15cms x 20cms
The weather has now changed, from days of brilliant sunshine and warmth, to rain, but at least I have managed to complete some outdoor painting in the good weather. This view caught my eye as I was heading home from shopping, so I stopped to make a quick sketch and finished it in the studio just as the rain arrived.
Oil on canvas 24cms x 30cms
With the recent wonderful weather I wanted to get outside and paint in the countryside, but I was rather hampered by only having a bicycle. I loaded it impressively, but found it far too wobbly and unstable to ride, so instead I just used it like a donkey to carry my heavy load.
We are having a wonderful spring here in SW France and all the colours of emerging foliage are dazzling.
CAVOLO NERO IN FILA
Oil on canvas 15cms x 30cms
I’m just completing a few veggie paintings that I had started in Tuscany but now, here in France, it’s not such a good time since everyone with a “potager” is uprooting what remains of their winter vegetables, rotavating, planting and seeding their summer produce. It promises well, but not so much for me just now.
I have just loaded up my bicycle with my painting kit, but a chilly wind has sprung up, so I’m back in the studio … not quite ready for a struggle with the elements yet!
Oil on board 12cms x15cms
It’s lovely to be back in my studio in France and for beautiful spring. As in Tuscany, the oaks are the last to put out their spring leaves, but the surrounding hillsides are scattered with wild cherry trees glorious in their white blossom. I painted this yesterday afternoon from my studio window.