These are scenes from Fleet Hill farm, Manor farm and Moor Green Lakes reserves which were former Cemex quarries. As I recorded the restoration efforts by Cemex on their ex-quarry I was taken by particular scenes and decided to paint them. I work from my own photographs as my painting speed is somewhat glacial. Setting up an easel on the reserve ain't going to happen.
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Finally completed on 23rd Feb 2018. These gulls were taking refuge on a small gravel island that appeared in Finch pond whilst Cemex were pumping out water from the lakes and ponds on Manor Farm. It is my first attempt at painting with acrylics; I normally use watercolours. In another departure, I used A3 paper rather than my normal half imperial.
This is a photograph of the original. I have yet to get it professionally scanned.
I managed to photograph these two Egyptian geese wheeling around and then landing in Finch pond prior to its infill. Where they are landing is now level ground with roughly 2.5m of infill. It was early morning, with the sun glistening off the birds. Unfortunately they were some distance from me. Their images in the photos were somewhat indistinct.
This is my largest acrylic painting to date. It is A2 in size with the previous four being A3 in size. A challenging painting, I felt, due to the subtle, interlocking colours. One is never quite sure where the water ends and the land begins or where the land ends and the sky begins.
I photographed these birds landing in Cormorant lake one cold January morning. The cold front was slowly being edge out by a warm front, which arrived much later on in the day. The poor light conditions meant my camera struggled, and did not manage a crisp, clear image.