5th January 2017

Crow Road

I headed up to a little field entrance, with views to the West with lots of big gnarled trees  in the foreground. I had been up there yesterday, and started this painting. The weather had cut short my earlier visit, but it was set fair for the day, so I was confident of completing my study.
There was a good deal of corvid activity, as the crows and ravens were regularly chasing off buzzards and kites. The silence was interrupted with the neighbourly disputes.
I had managed to block-in most of the background the previous day, so was free to concentrate on some of the detail, without the pressure to work too quickly before the light changed.

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“Crow Road” in progress

Obviously there was a fair amount of adjustment to be made with the difference in conditions but on the whole, it was a very similar day.

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Painting Crow Road in the van

The acrylics enable me to work quickly and a blast from the powerful fan heater on board makes short work of even impasto.

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The view from the cockpit

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“The Crow Road”

The painting complete, it was time to have a cup of tea. The flask was sitting ready for me, but as I was so close to home, I drove back down the hill and drank it in my kitchen.

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