|Autumn Ribble, Pendle viewed from Whalley Nab|
|Winter Ribble at Sawley, 70x50cm, Acylics|
I spent some hours in the studio today revisiting two works that I dug out from under one of my work tables, the search and change mission was initiated by two oil paintings that I am working on in the studio, one of Longridge Fell and the other of Pendle both viewed from the same spot. I'm trying to capture in both of them, one early spring and the other in mid winter what I call the bright, which is a shifting light as opposed to focussing on a scenes contrast;
I started the above works in acrylic, Autumn Ribble & Pendle, and Winter Ribble at Sawley shortly after I returned from Spain in 2010 as part of a series; though many of the Ribble Valley paintings in the series found new homes and the two above were popular I was never happy with them, so I put them aside, my issue was that ; by not focusing on contrast and maybe due to poor light in which to paint I had developed an over dependency on primary and complimentary colour, which did not do well when I tried to capture and depict the softer northern tones; (though the same colours worked wonderfully in summer time and in the Cotswolds spring and Andalusian winter ); Now some years later after todays efforts the works are informed by split complimentary colours and a range of tonality created by a juxtaposition of earth and mineral based colours. So now I think I have the soft northern tones as well as the bright of sun glimmer across the Ribbles waters and the flickering rays that however fleetingly make play in the darker lanes in and above the Valley. So, there you are! Voilà monsieur .