This is the first woodland painting I have done for quite a while. This is a section of pine woods called Canisland Woods, near Ilston and Parkmill, Gower. The slender light refers to the beam of morning sunshine light breaking over the lip of the valley. The pine needles on the ground are soft and deaden any sound. It is a very peaceful section of woodlands.
As an artist, I am always looking how to simplify shapes/colours so that there is an semi-abstract element to them but never losing touch with realism. This is particularly true of my woodland paintings. Although I am working from photographs, I am not copying them but rather deconstructing (in my mind) and then slow reconstructing them (on the canvas). They are like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
It’s painful and I find the mid stage of these paintings a bit distressing until I have faith that it will come together and make a pleasing painting. Some paintings are easy and there is little struggle. Sometimes, the struggle will last a couple of days. I have to ignore the voice in my head that says, “it’s rubbish” and “you are wasting your time”. Thankfully, the negative voice is usually proved wrong.
With all of my paintings, I like to pursue a theme over several paintings so that I get into a “groove”. I feel that I am now in the groove with “Slender Light”.
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12 thoughts on “Gower Woods: A Slender Light”
Thank you, Ksbeth
This is beautiful….Janet
Thank you, Janet
Nothing to add here. I think you said it all!
I like the jig-saw analogy Emma and totally get the mid-stage distressing bit! Your woodland is lovely.
Thank you, Rebecca. Some paintings are not distressing at all but these woodlands ones often are.
Lovely! The title is perfect.
Love your use of colour.
Thank you, Peggy
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Excellent painting and to hear of your work process.