It’s been a wonderful day here in Cumbria. Blue sky, birds singing, even had my studio door open all day, which is a real treat as I can hear the gulls, sky larks and haunting cries of curlews….so wonderful. Its definitely influenced my work today, it’s been more intuitive. Here are two images of work in progress or maybe they are finished, I’m not sure till I see them with fresh eyes tomorrow.
Oil painting Forest Shepherd….. at last dry!
One of the interesting but frustrating things about thick oil paint is the drying time. You think to yourself ‘great…finished at last’ but then comes the drying time and it depends on the colours used, the oil carrier (poppy, linseed, safflower, walnut oil) and how thick the paint layer is! This painting has been stored carefully for three years, but I know that the deep layers will still not be dry….several more years needed for this deep drying! Well worth the wait though to have an oil painting on your wall is really something else. This is one of my favourite works – mysterious – meditative – mystical.