So here I am desperately trying to tie up a few loose ends. My last painting this year was one of the biggest I’ve done – using a full sheet of paper and with the framed picture in the region of three feet by two-foot six. Quite a challenge – no sitting down for this one!
Again, based on some sketches done out on the Somerset Levels. Again, a gorgeous Autumn day, with too perfect a sky to begin with: the photos I took at the end of the morning at last yielded the bit of cloud you need for movement and brightness.
At first I thought the view of Lollover Hill near Compton Dundon didn’t have enough in it to make a good picture. But I always make things too complicated and this time simplicity won out.
The gateway was a gift for a focus, and the hill shapes and colours, especially the contrast between the shadowed and sunlit areas, gave me what I wanted. A very satisfying commission!