This painting was inspired by a visit to the Field of Dreams at the Barcroft Hall Estate in South Petherton, Somerset. The owners reclaimed some abused land and planted one of the largest collections of annual wild flowers from around the world. Several years running the fields were seeded and open to the public in the summer. This attracted thousands of people who came to walk in the meadow along the mown paths.
A mixture of 57 species wild flower from around the world were broadcast sown to create a dense display of colour. In 2012 a whole field of sunflowers were planted and the seeing the two fields next to each other suggested this combination as a subject to paint.
Originally created to drain the Somerset Levels it never really worked. Luckily as part of the wetlands of the Somerset Levels it still has scenic and wildlife value. Finding myself here for the fist time in years, having moved away. I took the opportunity to capture the scene. Restoration and improvement for wildlife continues. The scope has increased in recent years. Improving the area for wildlife and the visitors. A unique place, come and see if you’re in the area.
Painting of South Drain looking east from Edington Road, Burtle, Somerset
Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval house with it’s own chapel, seen here at the right of the picture. A remarkable building and garden in rural Somerset. The house was lived in by Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball.
Feeling the responsibility of their position in society they would allow the less fortunate to benefit from the leftovers. When food remained after meals it could left to others. Wooden rollers placed vertically like the bars of a prison allowed for an arm to reach through. The width of the gap and what you could hold in your hand determined the amount of food you could take. Buy Prints (Click image to enlarge)
An obvious choice here in the UK as spring arrives. I turned around one day and there they were in a vase. All I had to do was set up the lighting and background for this simple but satisfying painting. Painted in thick oil giving great texture set against a dark background.
From the formal gardens adjacent to the house to the woodland above there are flowers for all at Killerton. This 18th century property has a remarkable collection of non-native trees. The slope behind the house has been carefully planted with exotic tree species. Their shade is perfect to shelter the Azaleas and Rhododendrons below on the ground. My favourites are the scented Azaleas in spring.
Flower of the Handkerchief or Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)
Handkerchief Tree Flower
The handkerchief or dove tree is originally from south west China. Best known for the unusual flowers. The tree was introduced to Europe in 1904. It is likely that this is the variety which is more commonly grown.
Impressionistic painting of the Tiverton Canal at Holbrook Bridge with ducks swimming past.
Tiverton canal at the Holbrook Bridge, Devon
The canal is a remarkable place to walk, cycle or just sit and enjoy the view. A a thin ribbon of water full of interesting wildlife and scenery. In the early summer the ducklings and other young waterfowl can easily be spotted. Ducking in and out of the reeds following their parents. Dragonflies and damselflies emerge throughout spring and summer. They zip around and perch on the vegetation only being disturbed as we pass them by. A popular yet mostly tranquil place.
Painted in the grounds of a country house in 2009, this Iris was fruiting in the late summer on the edge of a pond. The satin finish to these seeds is most attractive. Their shape like a hockey puck, make me want to pick them and feel their shape and texture in my hands.