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288142 Crummock Valley, 10/7/14, plein air sketch Crummock Valley, 10/7/14, plein air sketch

Crummock Valley, 10/7/14, plein air sketch

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Cezanne made several paintings of the Mont St. Victoire. I seem to like to return to this view of the Crummock valley from a farm gate not far from the Kirkstile Inn. I remember doing my first one in the late 90's, then another 2 within a few days of each other in 2003, and another one after that. When I sat down by the hedge to start this one, the sun was beating down strongly, and at such a moment I think I understand something I read somewhere that Monet said - "All my life, I've been engaged in a battle with the sun" It can bounce off the white canvas & dazzle you, or at another angle it will light up the canvas from behind, which is also a bit awkward. But it was a good day for an oil sketch! As I squeezed out my first colours, a tractor roared up to the gate. The farmer opened it & drove in "I hope I'm ok to sit here!" I said "Not my field!" said he. "No, your ok! I'll just skim your bit. It'll be hot sitting there!" He was right - for this lovely view, I face the sun and the hawthorn hedge at my back offered no shade. The farmer went on & cut the field,(as the photo shows) but kindly left me my thistley patch. About 3 hours later, I had my oil sketch – perhaps the best I’ve ever done. What helped it to be so special was not just that the weather stayed fine, but also that, rather unusually, the clouds & light effect when I began were not very different when I stopped painting 3-4 hours later. I also had absolutely no need to alter the painting in any way once I had got it home. “But you know all pictures painted inside in the studio will never be as good as the things done outside.” Paul Cezanne
W 24.00" x H 12.00"
W 60.96 cm x H 30.48 cm
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About the Artist

I was first given a go with oil paints in the 60s and I’ve used them ever since. Interviewed for Art School in the ‘70s, I was assured that as an art graduate I’d probably never touch a brush & oil paint again, so I gave it a miss! Oil painting has always remained “what I do”. I think it was Ru...

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