'Bloom where you are planted'...
Winter Creek Oil study on canvas board
An abstracted winter study. A 'collage' of ideas to make a landscape.
'Bloom where you are planted' is something I relate to my painting life. I am planted in a county which has enough to keep me busy painting daily without travelling far.
When I got over the need to paint reality the world opened up for me. I realised I could use my stored memories, imagination or a collage of ideas to create a painting.
If I want to change a view there is nothing to stop me. I can move trees or buildings, and add rivers, snow, or sunshine. All without permission.
The painting above...'Winter Creek' is an example. I began painting a creek I have seen on the coast about an hour away from home. After a few wipe-overs I decided to let my mind and brush wander. The colours are cool which gives the impression of winter. I placed a few suggestions of distant trees, a glow on the horizon and some directional brush marks. Finally, the highlights on the water made the image 'pop'.
A trip to the coast without leaving my studio.