Buttermere (acrylic on Acrylic Board) (A3 unframed)
As I wrote last time, I last visited the Lake District the summer before the virus clamped down on our lives. As I said, I love the Lakes and enjoy the walking, but I struggle with painting the landscapes. Much as I admire the scenery, indeed am inspired by, and am in awe of it, I find it most difficult to paint. It’s not a landscape that I instinctively have sympathy with when it comes to colour and brushwork.
When I saw this view from the end of Buttermere, I immediately visioned it as a potential painting. The view was scenic, well balanced and had good colour. I liked the water with its reflections, and overall I looked forward to painting it.
I’m disappointed. It started well enough and I am very happy with the sky and background hills, but the foliage gave me enormous trouble. I repainted it countless times and still didn’t get what I was after. Following on from that everything else was drab and unsatisfactory. I found myself duabng and dabbling rather than painting..
But I did finish it, and despite my own misgivings several people have said they like it. so I have put it up for sale, but the price reflects my own feelings about it