I’ve been painting locally this week, and Belper certainly offers much to inspire the plein air painter, in fact, I’ve not really left one area! All these paintings below were painted in the gardens on Wyver Lane, and the field behind it.
I was back at Stoneywell National Trust today in Leicestershire, to hand over my cottage painting from last week for exhibition there, and to paint as it was such a lovely day.
I concentrated on the old stable yard this time, which was a great subject.
As is normal for the U.K., the weather so far this October has been a bit hit and miss. We’ve had some of the hottest October days ever recorded and some very wet and windy weather, so it’s been a bit of a mix between plein air and studio work for me.
Here’s a couple of recent pics of studio paintings...
Making the most of the exceptionally warm October weather yesterday, I headed off to paint at the stunning Stoneywell, a unique and quirky arts and crafts style cottage in Leicestershire.
The property is now owned and cared for by the National Trust, and is well worth a visit if you can.
I’ve been feeling a little poorly this week with an ear infection, and feeling a bit dizzy from the antibiotics today, so thought it would be wiser to stay close to home to paint. So here’s my painting of the dining room...
. I wanted to paint the lovely handpainted cabinet together with the sunflowers and Anthropologie plate my sister in law recently bought me. The light and the blue-grey colours really caught my eye, and perfectly complement the yellow of the sunflowers. This is the finished painting. It’s the sort of subject that you can carry on fiddling with forever, but I want to keep the spontaneous brushwork, so I’m calling it finished as it is...
It’s been nice to get out and enjoy some of the late summer sun in September. Here are a couple of local places in Derbyshire I’ve been painting...
I love old buildings, the older the better! Living in England fortunately means that there are plenty to choose from, including this one. This is St John’s Chapel, the oldest building in Belper (my home town). It dates from the 12th century so certainly fits into the ‘old’ category!
It was a delight to paint - those ancient stone walls bathed in morning sunlight, and lots of lovely green foliage and flowers to add interest. A lovely mornings painting!