This is a series of images showing how a small painting developed from an example used in class. I had looked in my photos for a hill to help with my drawing but adding the tree and the cottage made it a bit more interesting. I was able to scratch the watercolour from the gesso to help with drawing. Building up thin layers and wiping them off with a cotton bud to create highlights.
A series of three small paintings about the seasons and farming, highlighting the power of the equinox on early farmers and the influence of the seasons on farming for centuries.Intensive farming and climate change are merging the seasons, which is worrying for the future sustainability of farming and for food security.
Have been drawing at the Living Field garden since June, it’s a lovely spot although the massive fans in the glass houses mean it’s not very peaceful. Using pen and ink and watercolour to record the medicinal and dye plants and cereals such as Bere Barley, Spelt and Black Oats.
The challenge is to try and somehow illustrate the story of agriculture and it’s development since the end of the Ice Age! Most recently finding ways of showing the effects of intensive agriculture on the landscape and the soil.