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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

OAK TREE

OAK TREE IN THE VALE OF PEWSEY
An Oak Tree in the Vale of Pewsey. You can see one of Wiltshire's White Horses on the hill left of the tree.
The embankment of the main railway line from Paddington through to Westbury, cuts across the landscape and every now and then a blue coloured express passes by, but too swiftly to  try to paint in. On te RH is  the clump of trees on Wooborough hill, a familiar landmark in the area.
NB Just went to see this tree  again with a view to painting it again, almost a year later - I was a bit shocked to see that they were bulldozing a large shallow depression  next to it, so a big pile of mud and bare earth looking a bit messy.  Hope they know what they are doing. Possibly they are making a lake,

Roundway Hills, Devizes

View of ROUNDWAY HILL
View of Roundway Hill above Devizes, Where the Battle of Roundway took place in the Civil War.
A very recognisable landmark from all directions. The wide open aspect of this hill and colour somehow remind me of Africa particularly when nearer to it. The clouds were changing light patterns  by the minute so it was a challenge to paint and set the light/shadow areas.

HOUSE BETWEEN THE POPLARS

The house between the  'Poplar Trees'    The house between the 'Poplar Trees'. This small house is dwarfed by these trees, painted from the field space between them. There are trees behind me as well so it is well protected from the wind, although nothing but grass is growing there now. Maybe they had crops at one time but not in the last 10 years.

And some Bach ....

a'Beckett's Vinyard


'unfinished' sketches - a'Becketts Vinyard 
Not many villages  in the UK can boast of a local vinyard. This one it about 10 years old, and produces some fine wines.