This sketch is further proof that you can find great subject matter in your own neighbourhood. I am now in the habit of taking walks with camera in hand to find new material for paintings. Being in a farming/rural area, a lot of the nearby properties are artworks in the making at certain times of the day and certain times of the year.
Mrs Gilpin was busy working near their dam as I walked past and quickly got a few shots of their dam with her in the background. She is the tiny reddish figure on the top of the ridge at the back of the dam to the right of the pic.
As soon as I opened the pics from this shoot on the computer I knew I had a pastel in the making and I am very happy with the result. I have dropped a print off in their letter box as a courtesy. I hope they like it.
I have already posted this work on the site Paintings I Love and it has received some very positive comments from other artists. Next step is to present it at McClelland Guild of Artists monthly demonstration which goes towards the Artist of the Year competition. After that it will be posted for sale and put into exhibitions as they arise.
As there are many beautiful tracks and country lanes like this scattered throughout the area it pays to take a leisurely afternoon stroll with a camera to get a roll of great material for future sketches and this work reflects how you can get great results without going very far.