‘In the Bridge of Orchy Hills, late afternoon, January’

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‘In the Bridge of Orchy Hills, late afternoon, January’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2011, 80 x 80 cm

I’ve been working on this painting for quite a few weeks now and have just finished it.  Although I use blues and purples a lot in my paintings, the pinky reds in this picture have caused me a lot of problems.  I’ve been trying to capture that wonderful colour the snow goes as the sun sets in winter …but this has been difficult for me as I really struggle to see red against other colours.  The very fact that I could see the pink colour last winter as we were making our way back after a fine winter walk, means that it must have been quite bright but as with all colours …it’s very difficult to judge their intensity either in the natural environment or in a painting.  Anyway, I quite like this piece and am already working on a second painting this size using the same colours …but with a greater emphasis on the pink / red and yellows.  The painting is with the framer right now but I’m looking forward to seeing it up on the wall once I get it back.

I may well display this piece as part of the Wasps Open Studios Weekend at the Courtyard Studios in Irvine next weekend 1st and 2nd October.  Entry as usual is free. Open:11am – 5pm Saturday, 12 noon – 5pm Sunday.   Other artists taking part include: Sheila Kerr, Graham McKean, David Reid, Alison Thomas, Margaret Carslaw and Gillian Beech.  If you live in striking distance of Irvine, why not pop along and see some fine work.  Lots of places to eat and drink near by including The Ship Inn and the Harbour Arts Centre Bar right next door.  Hope to see you next weekend.

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