|'A little more than green' - mini landscape (7.5x7.5cm) |
impasto acrylic on canvas
A few weeks ago, I was driving into town one morning and there was the most glorious sunrise coming up behind the wind turbines at Baillie Wind Farm.
It used to be that if I was driving, I'd think about how lovely whatever the view happened to be was and what a great subject for a painting and then just keep driving, kicking myself later for not stopping to take a quick photo. Now though, I'm trying to make a point of seizing the moment so this time, instead of just driving on by, I pulled the car into a handy lay-by and took an Instagram photo.
This is it:
|Instagram photo of sunrise at Baillie Wind Farm|
It was my intention to paint this scene on a large canvas (50cm x 40cm) and I've made a start on it already but as I was painting it, I decided to use up any extra paint by doing a mini version at the same time. This was the result - the larger one still has a long way to go but this wee painting by virtue of its tiny size was finished over the course of one day (with blow drying sessions between each layer to speed up the drying process!)
|'A little more than green' - impasto acrylic on mini landscape with easel|
Rather than take the same photos as always I had a little fun this time and roped the westies into posing for me (Skye the springer was in Glasgow with S so not around to participate!)
I know a lot of folk detest wind farms seeing them as spoiling the landscape but I actually love them. I don't think they're horrible to look at (electricity pylons and telegraph poles are a necessary evil that no one seems to mind dotted all over the countryside and they don't even look as nice) and I think for the sake of the planet that wind farms and tidal energy is the way forward - why not make use of something that nature provides to us for free that is sustainable and won't cause so much damage to this beautiful world we inhabit?
|The painting and Brodie who just happened to be sitting there anyway |
(guarding one tiny piece of kibble from her bowl!)
Anyway, *stepping back down from my eco-soap box* before I started painting the large version I knew I wanted to call it 'More than green' in a nod to the green nature of harnessing the wind to generate power and to the multitude of colours in the sunrise but once I had painted the miniature version, I had a better idea - if I called this mini one 'A little more than green' then I could call the large version 'A lot more than green'!! Please do pop back next week(ish) when I'll have hopefully finished the large version.
In the meantime this one is available to purchase from my Etsy shop.
** Update - I forgot to mention that I'd be linking to Paint Party Friday as always and (shame on me) I forgot that this is the 4th birthday of this great online paint blog where I've met some great people from all over the world who've become very good friends. Thank you to Kristin and Eva for creating PPF and continuing to host it every week.