Monday, 24 June 2013

North Challacombe Farm

I've been taking a couple of acrylic painting courses, and sadly they have now finished for the summer. I've really enjoyed meeting up twice a week with all the other participants and exchanging ideas with them. Everyone had a different style of painting, and our teacher was so encouraging. I'm sure even if you produced the worst painting he had ever seen, he would always find something good to say about it!

This is a farm scene near where I grew up in England. I found an old photo of the farm that had been posted on the internet. I should think this farm has stood at the base of the moors for close to 200 years.

First I blocked in all the basic shapes, and then started to add more colours and more details. It had numerous changes over a few weeks. The farmhouse changed colour about five times. It's called artistic licence!  In fact the greenish house you see in the framed version is now a lighter grey, giving more of a focal point.

The green detail in the foreground is pages torn from the 2013 Niagara Falls Tourist Guide.... the colours were just right!

10 comments:

Vagabonde said...

I really like this painting – it has a lot of character.

Rock Chef said...

Do I see Colonel Brandon in the distance?

madretz said...

Shammie! This is stunning, what a wonderful piece and such a great homage to your heritage. Love the mixed media added to your art, too.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

It is interesting to see your process....A Lovely HOMAGE to your childhood home! Good Work, my dear!

ann @ studiohyde said...

This is brilliant, what a great painting and after only a few lessons! You must be a natural artist. I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it, this is really Really good :-)

EG CameraGirl said...

You have talent!

stardust said...

Your painting is so nice, your sky is more dramatic than the framed one. I think I know how you miss the course, its teacher and members as you had seen so often as twice a week. But one end means another start. I wonder what it’d be for you. As for myself, I joined online English writing course offered by the local university. Setting up a blog was assignment. Though the course ended a couple of years ago, I’ve continued blogging.

Nice to hear about your friends’ visit to Japan in October. October is a nice season with sunny skies and cool and crisp air.

Yoko

Hilary said...

Oh good for you. You are a woman of many talents.

Ginnie said...

Your creative juices never cease from flowing, I see, Sham! Good for you!

Red Rose. said...

I really like this painting, Sham. So lovely! You grew up in such a beautiful place.
Tomoko