Fifth painting of this subject. Had difficulty with the yellow parts, had to do a few layers to get the correct look. A lot of hard work.
Decided to use a dark background, because the star shapes of the dahlia flowers are reminiscent of stars and so the overall piece is like a constellation in the night sky.
Painted the cathedral this is from two years ago. A friend suggested doing one of the gargoyles. Used earthen colours mainly, no white which was refreshing. Great fun painting this.
Wanted a big change of subject here. It’s important to do stuff that appeals to you alone now and again, and not constantly pandering to what the market would like.
This place is about two miles from home. When I was small I’d pass it everyday heading to and from primary school. Some of my father’s mother’s ancestors are buried here. The church is an old 17th century Protestant church. This is the third painting of a graveyard I’ve done. Snow is a rare thing where I live so it’s featured in only a handful of my paintings. I had trouble doing the tree over on the far left and the walls of the church, they slowed me down a lot. Once I was on the bottom third of the painting I raced through it. The light coloured shadows of dirty purple and light blue were satisfying to paint.