Monday 5 December 2016

#148 'Frosty Morning, Surrey Hills' 8x19.5"

I painted most of this last Tuesday outside in a very cold field and then I was struck with a nasty bout of lurgie :-( feeling much better now and raring to paint again!

A bigger board which allowed for a bigger scale and freer brush marks. The colours were mainly different tones of orange and blue (complementaries.) I mirrored some of the cool blue sky colour in the frosty ground below.

I arrived 40 minutes before the sun came up but I could do with having longer as when the sun comes over the horizon it changes the colours and tones massively. The photo below shows where I got up to before I had to abandon.

Finishing in the studio is always a little tricky as you want to continue with the essence of what you captured outside but to make it feel finished and complete. I was careful not to overwork the dark tree line keep it fresh and loose. The suns head popping up helps with the composition.
I will go back to this spot again :-)


  1. This is a winner. Anyone who views this painting must remember to click on the painting to enlarge it. All elements - foreground, middle ground of house and shrubs and trees, background of hills to the sun rising are in accord.

  2. I think this would make a good Christmas card. A lovely clear frosty morning beautifully painted with the sun just about to come up.