|'Wild Mountain Time' - impasto acrylic 70cm x 50cm|
I have a confession to make. Even though I love nature and am in my element living where I do with wild and rugged beauty all around me, gorgeous beaches that stretch for miles, mountains and hills perfect for a day's hike in a bid to finally, finally tire out our springer spaniel for whom the phrase 'boundless energy' was apparently coined, forests, woods and more green fields than you could shake a stick at; when it comes to painting I really, really don't like the colour of grass.
I mean, in real life, of course I love grass. I especially love it in the summer when we get one of those preciously few hot sunny days where I can sit outside and feel the sun's rays warm my peely wally skin and feel the blades of grass in our garden tickle my bare feet - that's when I'm truly in my element (perhaps we should have emigrated to somewhere hot so I could walk barefoot in the grass more often, come to think of it). But as a colour, the green hue of grass is not my favourite to paint. (Which is especially weird because when asked in any of the many Facebook quizzes what my favourite colour is, the answer is always green (I guess I mean teal, sage, olive, any colour of green except grass!)
Perhaps that is why I was never a fan of landscapes involving lots of green fields or green trees or green anythings because I just don't care for that grassy, leafy colour. Of course I know there's more than just one colour of green involved - there are many shades, tones and tints of green that make up the overall landscape but whether blended together by the artist's paintbrush or by the viewer's eye, the end result always seems to be a bright, emerald green that just doesn't appeal to me. However, now that I've learnt to leave reality in the reference photo and let my imagination and colourful palette take over on the canvas, I've discovered the joy of using the colours I like and ignoring the ones I don't. It's so liberating. Don't care for green grass? No problem, just make it purple, or pink, or orange or every colour of the rainbow instead!
So, with that in mind this is my latest landscape and another large one at 50cm x 70cm (19.6 X 27.5 inches) - using a reference photo taken by my very talented photographer husband, S, of a view on the Strath (a little single track road running through the mountains in the far north where the only other life you might come across are the deer or perhaps a buzzard circling its prey overhead). The field on the left was mostly green and initially I did actually try to stick to the colours of nature, before remembering that this was my painting and I could make the field whatever colour I damn well wanted!
|Close up of (not green) grass and fence post - impasto texture|
I had asked S for suggestions for a title and he came up with Wild Mountain Thyme as in the lovely Scottish song covered by lots of people including Bob Dylan, the Silencers (my favourite version) and, more recently, Ed Sheeran. I love the song and thought it was a perfect title for this painting but decided to change the spelling of Thyme to Time as driving along the Strath it seems like you have all the time in the world. This is the first of the pieces I plan to submit to the Committed to Art Exhibition next month.
In other news, I had a lovely week at home with my family, a brief catch up lunch with a couple of old school friends and a great meal at my parents' favourite restaurant for my mum's 80th birthday. My parents and my sister spoiled me rotten as they always do although I wasn't so grateful for the rotten head cold my sister generously shared with me and which I've been dosed with all week!
|Wild Mountain Time - box canvas|
|Me and my sister|
|A wee family meal out with my parents, my sister and my cousin|
Thanks as always for popping by, I'll be linking with Paint Party Friday (where I was delighted to discover I was the featured artist last week!).