If you follow me on Instagram you will know that over the last few months I have been singing with a quartet for some services in St George’s Church in Great Bromley, and St Mary’s Church in Little Bentley. I particularly enjoy going to Little Bentley because it is in such a lovely rural setting. A couple of weeks ago I arrived very early for a Saturday rehearsal in order to explore the footpath that leads around the back of the church. I’m very glad I did! This is the fourth painting in my Essex Paths & Bridleways series.
I’ve also been back to ‘my’ field! The rye, which was about eight inches high when I finished my Twelve Months in an Essex Field project in December, is now nearing harvest. I thought it would be good to finish off the project with one final painting!
I was standing on the little brick railway bridge for this one. It occurred to me while I was painting it that this is only a few feet from where I stood in January 2020 to do the very first painting!
Here is the third painting in my new series Essex Paths & Bridleways.
This walk – from Stanway Green across to Oliver’s – is one that we often used to do as teenagers when I lived at Stanway Green. Part of the walk has changed completely due to the discovery of the Roman remains at what is now called Gosbeck’s Archaeological Site, which was the location for a Roman amphitheatre.
I say, ‘the discovery’, but years ago when we used to walk across the fields there we used to pick up bits of Roman tile and tesserae, but in recent years it has all been excavated and the outline of the ancient buildings marked on the grass. The whole area was a mass of buttercups, daisies, and bluebells still going strong in the hedgerows.
The view that I have painted here is further south from the Archaeological Site, the field path eventually coming out, I think, in Oliver’s Lane. It certainly used to! I didn’t walk quite far enough to find out as the clouds were blowing up, as you can see, and I thought it was going to start raining – again! I liked this little narrow path curving round the corner of the rye field, with the big stand of cow parsley growing up beside it.
I’ve recently completed the second painting in my new project Essex Paths and Bridleways.
This is a walk we often used to do when I lived at Stanway Green, and Butchers Wood is still full of bluebells!
My next flower still life painting was also completed a few days ago – this one is bluebells and forget-me-nots in a pewter 1 gill measure.
An artist friend commented that the strong horizontal on the last two still life paintings that I’ve done was rather distracting as it drew the eye too much. On this one I really tried to soften that horizontal by making the background much more subtle. I’ve already started painting my next flower piece which is of wallflowers – one of my favourite flowers for their wonderful scent!
Anglian Arts Project 2021 Exhibition: The full list of exhibitors for our next exhibition in September is now on the Anglian Arts Project page – click on Anglian Arts Project on the menu bar above.