|Views from above North Lancing, Sussex|
By pure coincidence , whilst we were talking, I received an e mail with a request to paint a downland landscape from the area around Lancing in West Sussex.
I don't know the area other than a couple of visits to Shoreham so I was delighted to have a reason to explore somewhere new along the South downs.
After a good scout around on the internet I found a promising circular walk from the Argus
It started from the lancing ring nature reserve and took us up over the downs where we enjoyed some wonderful and expansive views of the Sussex Weald and the coast. My sister has details of the walk on her blog ( See link below)
As forecast it was a beautiful Spring day so we set off with camera, map and a packet of Jaffa cakes !
The brief was to try and incorporate views of the sea but unfortunately the direction of the sun meant that the photos were not clear and usable.
However, after 4.5 miles of walking some very steep slopes (and an empty Jaffa cake packet) we returned home with plenty of photos of our explorations.
|Views from our walk at lancing|
Firstly the composition was sketched out and the hazy views of Upper Beeding and the South downs were painted in as they disappear into distance.
|Sketched out and painting in the Sussex Weald view|
|Painting in the green fields and pastures|
|The ploughed field is added to the painting|
|Painting in the first layers of the grass and chalk field|
Finally, after 5 hours painting with a brush with just 2 hairs on it , I have added the grass and finished the painting....
Acrylic on box canvas 24"x 18"x 1.5"
I loved the way it was situated among the wonderful sloping patterns of the fields.
It just had to be painted!
Acrylic on box canvas 18"x 14"x 1.5"
|"Valley Barn" Lancing|