I have had a strong yearning for all things untouched lately. The quiet sounds of nature are such a rarity these days. I went walking through Rimrose valley along the canal on Sunday. It was so quiet and beautiful. You could hear the movement of the grass in the gentle breeze. I took my dog, Poppy and she was so happy rolling in the grass and bounding over the vast space. I can’t believe they want to build a motorway through this natural reserve that serves so many people in the community. Building a motorway through it will create an ugly gash right through the beauty of it all. It will hardly be worth walking there anymore. There are so many wild flowers and animals. It is a stunning area of peaceful beauty. There have been petitions against the motorway being built.
On my way home I gathered these flowers and put them in a vase. I thought I would paint them. I used acrylic on canvas.
This is the first still life I have painted in many years. I am so in love with Van Gough’s paintings of flowers. I just had to paint some of my own. It wasn’t hard but I realised there is a skill to painting flowers. You have to try and find a way of making the flowers come alive and hold personality on the canvas. Each stem and petal has character. I hope to improve my skills at painting flowers and making them even more vibrant with life and personality as I continue on my journey.
Rimrose valley is so beautiful in the summer, I find I am spellbound. I sometimes film the movement of the flowers and trees in the valley. Here is my latest film of flowers at Rimrose Valley.Look at the wonderful yellow and graceful movement of this patch of unexpected wild flowers.
Rimrose valley must be saved. Please do not destroy this area of outstanding natural beauty. News article below on this campaign to protect the valley.