A few weeks ago I went walking with a friend and our dogs, and we happened upon the most incredible view across Shottermill. The day we walked the weather was stunning, and I knew I had to go back to paint on a similar day, so I impatiently waited...
Opportunity came about a week later, so I got up there as soon as I could to make the most of the sun. While setting up, I was excited by the view still, but I realised it was a massively complicated scene! So many rooftops, chimneys, trees...I had to capture it all while also creating a sense of distance, all the while the sun would be moving around. Add to that a build up of cloud cover over time and I began to feel quite overwhelmed and unsure.
I made a start on a square board, but soon realised that it wouldn't work if I wanted to get the shed and the sky in, so needed to go taller. On a new board, I placed the horizon line first and then the rooftop of the shed in the foreground, then I placed the features that were larger in size or more eye-catching. It felt a bit like a puzzle; some pieces had to be placed first before I could position others.
Luckily the sun stayed out for the majority of the session, but of course the angles of the shadows changed so I had to be mindful of this. I loved how the sunlight caught on Lion Lane and the parked cars pinged with bright light. I wanted the eye to start on the roof of the shed, and jump off down the lane.
Anyway, I'm glad I persevered - I'm pleased with the outcome!