Sunday, 26 July 2015

Fireweed.





                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.




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