Winter wood

Oil on canvas on board, 30 x 24cm

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Winter wood

Rhythm is as necessary in a picture as pigment; it is as much a part of painting as of music. (Walter J. Phillips)

I painted this one ‘en Plein air’ this January in the winter sunshine.
Although the temperatures have been quite cold, minus 5 some nights, I was able to find this relatively sheltered spot in the sunshine and out of the wind.
The light was consistent and cool throughout the painting sessions and gave some lovely muted colours and tonal harmonies – a kind of a ‘rhythm’

Riverbank at Saint-Maixent-L’Ecole

Oil on canvas on board,  30 x 24 cm

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‘What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt—it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else’. — (Hal Boyle)

I have painted this river – La Sevre Niortaise – at a number of places in the Poitou-Charente provence of France. It is not a large river, more of  brook really, and I find it has great character and a simple charm. It was a bit warmer when I painted it than it is now, and the colours and light coming through the tress and shining off the water provided a great opportunity to lay the paint on!