Painting conkers in Autumn
In September and October there are plenty of subjects to paint and after a forage on the local common I am currently painting conkers and shells. When the conkers are fresh they are a concentrated cluster of colour and a great subject for oil studies.
I spent the morning searching around for anything that might make an interesting painting or oil study. I came home with a large bag full of stuff !
All this stuff is then mixed and matched with items from my ‘permanent collection’. The conkers tend to go dull after a short while and the outer shells go mouldy, so you have to make the best of them while you can. I think I have enough material to keep me going for a few days at least !
These are a few studies that I made last year – or ‘laggy yearers’ as we would call them in Yorkshire…
Elbow room needed !
My painting space is not very large and I have a great deal of stuff crammed in there. I decided to move my easel around to try and make the most of the natural light available from the small window, but as you can see, I need a bigger space !
Question: Do I need planning permission to add an ‘upstairs’ to my shed ?
Conkers in green glass.
I have always been fascinated by the depiction of transparency in paintings. I added the green glass bowl to give me the interesting challenge of painting the effect of the green glass on the red conkers. The conkers lose their rich colour quickly so I spent three two-hour sessions on this painting.
I still have things to photograph from these sessions and will post them as soon as I can.