This study is smaller and was painted faster than the first one, because of this, it has more energy and movement in the brushwork. I returned to the same spot as before but this time with the intention to focus on the composition. I climbed a bank and discovered the 'S' shape of the path winding up the hill, I liked the way that the path was striped with light and shade. The greens turned out to be the hardest part - so many hues yet all the same value!
I returned from my foggy sojourn to the East Coast to find that the most amazing bluebell carpet had appeared in the woods near Winscote on the Apley estate. This year seems to have been a bumper year for bluebells so I took the opportunity to capture them on canvas.
I set up quite early in the morning to catch the pattern of light and shade on the flowers . I have never seen so many bluebells in an open glade like this and their colour was just spectacular.
It was a challenge to mix the right colour and in the end I needed to use several shades of blue and purple together to give the right depth to the blue. I had so much fun that I returned the following day with a friend to do it all over again!