The Old Bridge at Hannam, Salisbury
Oil on Canvas (12 inches x 8 inches) (Unframed)
This is also what I call a ‘quickie’.I painted this in just two days. By pure serendipity I used something of a different technique. Sometimes, when you squeeze paint form the tube, especially if its a new tube or one that hasn’t been used for ages, the linseed gets separated from the pigment, and you get a pool of linseed come out of the tube first, resulting in very wet colour.
This happened with this painting, and so as I painted the shrubbery and reflections in the water, the paint, for me, was unusually fluid. I found that it gave good effect to the marks I was making, and for this particular composition seemed quite effective, so I stayed with it.
This is a very nice view, taken from a pub garden, which on a summer’s day is just the place for a bite to eat and a cool drink, looking at the river, the swans and trout. Very English don’t you think?