Lake at Cragside Oils on canvas board 5 x 7 inches
Cragside is in Northumberland and a place I visited a few years ago during a long weekend break. At the entrance to the house and gardens was a large lake surrounded by trees.
I wanted to capture the atmosphere of the day in this painting by abstracting the elements a little. Reality is never my intention, rather a loose impression of the place.
It was painted over two sessions which is unusual in my small paintings. I like to finish and move on to the next piece. This time I wanted to let the oils dry a little and add highlights later to keep the colours fresh. Using a knife, I placed some white mixed with a spot of lemon yellow and pulled it down the board to give an impression of cloud reflections.
A few dashes of colour for wild flowers and the job was done.