Talking photos of paintings really highlights any weaknesses, typically for me dark accents that are too strong and so “jump” out of the picture. The other challenge is to make the surface of the painting attractive with varied and interesting brushstokes. I really enjoy moving the oil paint around so I need to convey that interest to the viewer. Attempting to paint some autumn trees prompted me to try painting like the American painter Metcalf. He built is painting up from small marks, like grains of rice. Whilst it would drive me mad if I was out on location it is the perfect technique for almost bare trees.

Godmanchester Lake

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