|Itford Hill, Sussex|
From the top the views are breathtaking!
North takes you over the river Ouse towards Lewes.
East has wonderful views of Mount Caburn and the Sussex Weald.
Looking South you can see the sea at Newhaven and Seaford.
West overlooks the Ouse valley and the South Downs....this is the view that will be the subject of my painting.
On a hazy Summer day I headed to Southease, a tiny little rural village in the Ouse valley that has an interesting and unusual church with a round tower http://southeasevillage.info/
The walk through the village to Itford Hill is part of the South Downs Way and takes you over the River Ouse via a swing bridge. The bridge was extensively restored in 2010 and seems to fit in so well with it's surroundings.
|The swing bridge at Southease|
Shortly after you come upon the railway station which always seems to be in a rather odd place as it's in the middle of nowhere! I think it gets used mostly by walkers as there's a youth hostel next to it . As I crossed over the footbridge I stopped to watch a train go by. As you can see by my photo it's a very rural location ...
|Distant view of Mount Caburn from Southease station|
|Heading up Itford Hill|
At least I wasn't the only one taking my time.....;)
Finally I reached the top , it was a bit hazy but the scenery was wonderful!
Looking back I could see the path that I had taken and the reason for my walk.
To paint the landscape over Southease.
As a very young child I lived on two different farms in this area , alas too young to appreciate it !
But what I do appreciate is that pudding bowl haircuts are a thing of the long distant past!!!!!!
Work in progress...."Summer over Southease" (Acrylic on box canvas 24"x 18"x 1.5")
|Work in progress. Painting the view over the Ouse valley and Southease (Sussex)|
Started work on the buildings , bridge and trees ...
Finally I have completed the painting. Days of Summer, rolling hills, hay bales, red berried Hawthorn and sunshine!
"Summer over Southease"
|"Summer over Southease" landscape painting of the South Downs at Southease in Sussex|