Blue blue bluebells and cows
Blue is one of my favourite colours. Spring arrives and for an artist there are so many joyful scenes to paint as nature springs to life after sleeping through the Winter.
As a landscape artist, after painting pink in all shades whilst capturing the amazing Blossom on Harrogate Stray, for two weeks I felt impelled to sit amongst the blue Bluebells and put paint to canvas.
I set off one day with this precise mission in mind. Armed with a rucksack containing acrylic paints and brushes, a painting table -which I use to rest my canvas on, a one metre long canvas and my Sheepdog Poppy to a wood near Harrogate. The sign said ‘keep dogs on a lead,’ however seeing the public footpath, Poppy and I strode forth through a very small field of cows, stupidly……as the cows started charging towards protecting their calves! Poppy and I ran, me with this huge canvas raising it in the air. We managed to get over a fence to safety with the cows, some with horns, trying to get through the gate. I have never been so frightened! Luckily a farmer came to my rescue. He was rather mad as he might be, but escorted me to safety and told me how to get to the woods another way with no cows.
We settled ourselves down for the day having carefully picked a place with young trees growing through the Bluebells. It was sheer bliss painting en plein air with the birds singing all around, so peaceful. I grabbed a twig and set to painting. I wanted to capture the almost ethereal scene and created a misty effect using lilacs and greys with a complimentary lemon green leaf colour. Then added the Bluebells which were almost purple. This is the result.
After a hard day’s painting Poppy happily meandered back to the car and drove home for a cup of tea.
You can see the finished painting in my studio in central Harrogate, the Dove Tree Art Studio.
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