The last ten days has seen a run of the best kind of late spring weather here in North Berwick - sunny, fairly warm and not too windy (which is rare!). I have been down at my beach hut studio every day (not today though as we seem to have reverted to a strong easterly wind which has sent the temperature right down) and, having brought down my easel and paints, I have been able to get on with some outdoor painting. This acrylic on canvas board was executed entirely outdoors, apart from the smaller tree on the right.
...and I cannot lie. Perhaps it is my architectural training but I do look up at roofs quite a lot, and I am always struck by the variety in colour, size and shape of chimney pots. These ones are based partly on my neighbour's chimney, and partly made up. Colouring pencil, and they will have an acrylic background of sky. And a seagull!
On Wednesday we were treated to a really quite spectacular thunderstorm lasting a couple of hours following a very hot day on Tuesday. The lightning was flashing and flickering within the clouds, rarely striking the ground, and the rain was torrential. Prior to the start of the storm I happened to be looking out of the window, wondering when the weather would arrive, when I noticed a group of starlings sitting on the neighbours chimney. By the time I came back with the camera, some of the stuckies had flown so the pots were no longer fully occupied! The sky was an interesting colour too.
This work is a mix of coloured pencil, acrylic paint and pens. A bit more shadowing to go on the chimney pots I think, but otherwise now finished.
I haven't made a collage for ages so thought I would have a go at a small view of a birch wood in winter. Crimson red acrylic background to the sky for that heavy angry look and then a pastel background. Three layers of tree trunks drawn and then cut out of paper. It needs a bit more detail added - smaller branches and so on - but it's not far off done I think.