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Inspired by a view looking towards Stratford-upon-Avon from Ilmington near Shipston-on-Stour. I had just dropped my son off at his friend's house who lives in Ilmington. As I was driving down a very steep hill the glorious morning light on the fields in the distance was magnificent. There was a gap in the bush at the side of the road which was an ideal viewpoint to take some photos and produce a series of quick sketches for reference. The painting was completed back in the studio using oil paint mixed with beeswax paste to create texture. When you mix oil with beeswax it has a very soft butter-like consistency and you can manipulate the paint very easily with brushes and palette knives to achieve the texture you are looking for. I enjoy working in this way as I like to leave the brush marks visible but I do at times scratch back into the surface to reveal previous layers of paint. This painting was completed in a number of different sittings throughout Summer 2020.
Summer Hedgerow, oil on aluminium, 33.5cm x 33.5cm, 2020
The painting is sold framed and dated, signed and titled on the reverse and is ready to hang.