Rosebay Time Oil study on canvas board 6 x 6 inches
July and Rosebay Willowherb time again. Every year I am seduced by this wild plant and this year is no exception. We mow paths through the long grass in our meadows and each side sports a large clump of this beauty. It is said this plant likes to colonise ground where fire has been. I can confirm it also likes to colonise wherever it chooses.
Brush strokes are vigorous and rough to give an impression of the exuberance of the plant's flower spikes. I kept the grass and undergrowth grayed down to allow the pink to pop. The focus is on the pink. Fun to paint too.