I’ve complete my latest painting called ‘Wood Hamlet’ (11″ x 14″), and it’s been an interesting journey for me. I wanted to paint a smaller-scale painting of a hamlet of cottages in the forest (a hamlet being a village too small to have its own church), set in a wood with fields of wildflowers, along with a cobblestone bridge and a small stream. All these details were new territory for me artistically, and along the way I had to invent (at least for myself) new techniques for painting details on a very small scale.
So if you look closely, you can see the flower boxes and shutters on each of the cottage windows, and if you view the painting from a distance the cottages begin to stand out individually. I decided to set the scene under moonlight, and attempted to cast a sheen of reflected moonlight on the leaves. So there you have it, two photos – one closer for the details and one set back a distance to gain perspective. I’ll stick with the cottage theme for my next painting as it’s a favorite of mine, so stay tuned!
‘Wood Hamlet’ (2015)
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