Into a new phase of painting.
by Pat Bustin - 15:01 on 27 February 2021
The sun has been shining for the last three days and has brought with it a renewed enthusiasm in my painting. Still painting local scenes as I am walking in our woods and local park enjoying the coming of Spring. Snowdrops are out in the hedgerow, the garden has the first daffodils, crocus , winter honeysuckle, aconites, which are now going over, and the forsythia is just showing it’s first buds. This year my plan is to spend time in the fields, farmers locally are renewing their interest and expanding their commitment to wildlife and wildflowers. I want to record the seasons as they develop on canvas while immersing myself in nature. Sounds good.
To begin with I will be painting the farmland at Hargrave , just the other side of Raunds in Northamptonshire where the farmer Farrington, grows rape for rapeseed oil in an environmentally friendly way. This is where I am, ....hopefully a friend of the environment I find myself in. By growing rape the yellow masses of flowers gives me a chance to use bright colour so warm ch this space . My childhood was spent initially in Shelton and then in Upper Dean which are villages very close to Hargrave so the area means something special to me. So all in all looking forward to 2021, keeping myself safe in glorious isolation in open farmland . I,ll keep you posted on all the wildlife, plants and trees I am going to be fortunate to be rubbing shoulders with .
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