Findings from the Field, March

By Sally Pudney on 30th March 2020

When I came back from my March field visit, I brought with me a handful of twigs – alder, willow, blackthorn and elm this month. I popped them into a jam-jar and drew them.

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Keep well, stay safe!  🙂


Landlines 10: Branch Line

By Sally Pudney on 27th March 2020

It is months since I painted anything in my Landlines series, in fact the last one was Grass Paths (Wittenham Clumps) which sold at the Haylett’s Gallery last summer! So it was high time I did another . . . . and as soon as I saw the view down the branch line which runs along My Field, I thought what an intriguing painting it would make! And here it is.

Landlines 10: Branch Line

This track runs in a cutting along the top of the field, and there is a charming little brick bridge over it on which I was standing to get this view. I like that slight curve in the track as it goes under the farther bridge, off across the fields to  Sudbury, and the blackthorn coming out on the sides of the cutting, and the long shadows across the track.

My next painting will be of St Albright’s Church at Stanway, the third in my Essex Churches, series, and rather a special church for my family as I will explain to you when I’ve done it. It is also a church which two of you lovely blog readers, separately, have inquired whether I was going to paint, so I thought I’d better get on with it!

How are you all getting on in lockdown, I wonder?

It is a long time since my garden has had as much attention as it has received this week! – in wonderful sunshine, though with a chilly wind. I am so grateful to have a garden, and quiet places where I can go out for a walk, and also work I can be getting on with at home. I did resort to ordering some more paint and refills for my stay-wet acrylic palette online from Great Art, as Tindall’s is now out of reach, so at least I can still carry on painting.

Of course all the galleries are closed now. I should be a fortnight into my show at the Caxton gallery in Frinton-on-sea by now,  and also have four paintings on view at the Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden, and five in the Buckenham Gallery. It is a very hard time for them, as for all independent businesses. All the artists with whom I am in contact are still working away at their paintings, and prints, jewellery, felting, potting – all the lovely things they do – so we will all have heaps of stuff to fill the galleries when this difficult time is over and everything gets going again.

Keep safe, and stay well. 🙂


Essex Field: March

By Sally Pudney on 22nd March 2020

Well these strange self-isolating times do offer more time for painting! Here is the latest painting in my 2020 series, Twelve Months in an Essex Field, just finished this morning.

Essex Field: March

This is at the top of Martins Field – my field! – looking along the track that leads into How Hill field. Through the dense hedge on the left is the railway cutting for the little branch line which runs from Marks Tey to Sudbury.

I hope you are all coping with the social distancing or self isolating, whichever you are doing. Lots of time for painting, and gardening, and sewing, and reading – whatever you like to do. If you are a reading person I’ve found two podcast which you might enjoy Slightly Foxed podcast and Tea and Tattle podcast. For both, if you just google the name you will get to their website, and then choose which episode to listen to!

Keep well and stay safe.  🙂


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