Friday, January 21, 2011
River Coln, Glos.
Texture of linen
Since dropping Barry off at Heathrow airport meant that I was well on my way to the West Country, I arranged to continue on and visit an old friend whom I haven't seen for many years in Gloucestershire. This area of England is exceptionally beautiful so the bonus is that I get to go out and paint
I found this lovely spot on the River Coln looking towards Coln St. Adwyns. It was hard to choose, as there are so many gorgeous little places to paint. I could hardly move after a couple of hours it was so cold, all I could manage after an earlier sketch, was a simple layout with very thin colours, just staining the linen. When I work this way, I realise that this is why I chose to paint on linen (as opposed to cotton) because when painting thinly you can enjoy the lovely texture of linen, which I think adds something special to the painting.
I haven't forgotten about the 'Painting Giveaway'.. just didn't manage to get the painting finished to give to Barry to take back to the States.. not that winner will necessarily come from the US! Sign up and start leaving comments for your name to be entered into the hat.