Wonderful spring!

 

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.

Summery weather

Bike

SPRING POPLARS
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.

More veggies!

 

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!