Summer Flowers

Oil on canvas on board, 24 x 30 cm

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‘I’ve never been able to say I’ve been influenced by a list of artists I like because I like thousands and thousands and I’ve been influenced in some way by all of them.’ (Jack Nicholson)

It was a bright, hot summer day  when I set up and painted this one, and as I looked at the highest values and the colour harmonies, I thought about how other painters – particularly the ones I admire – would handle these things. Even though we paint as ourselves, inevitably, like Jack,  we are influenced to some extent by a large number of artists, some of whom have produced work that has impressed us profoundly and inspired us to pick up a brush in the first place, and others whose work has simply evoked a polite nod of approval.

I guess as I started the picture I was thinking of how someone like Merritt-Chase, for example might approach it. Clearly the light was warm (ok, hot!), so the shadows will need to be appropriately cool. The colours and shapes were a flickering riot, so a simple impressionistic handling should be suitable. So that is exactly what I tried to do.

Pretty much completed en plein air in two short sessions, plus a few adjustments  in my studio.

Poppies after the rain

Oil on canvas on board, 24 x 30 cm

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‘Art takes nature as its model.’ (Aristotle)

These poppies were on the side of the road as I was riding my bicycle from the campsite to the painting festival tent at the Noordwijk Schilderfest, and after the third day, I stopped and painted them. I sometimes forget how flat the landscape can be in Holland, and the depth towards the horizon was vast. There had been a lot of rain during the week ( I was washed out of my campsite!) and the sky was still an interesting combination of greys and blues of varying tones and temperatures, so I just tried to put them down as such.