I had a wonderful weekend camping with my daughter recently at a lovely site around 40 minutes from Brighton. It’s a secluded woodland site, set amongst some beautiful scenery.
While we were exploring the site, I spied through the woods a golden field dotted with rolled hay bales. It was obviously private property so I didn’t feel comfortable straying as far into the field as I would have liked, but I did manage to grab a few photos.
This painting is based on one of photos I took.:
It was one of those paintings that came together pretty straightforwardly – even if it didn’t all turn out quite as I expected it to.
The main focal point for me was the strong shadow across the middle of the view, with the perfect silhouette of the hay bale. As strong as this was, I may have gone in a little too strong with this shadow.
The foreground area was supposed to indicate where the edge of the hay field finished and turned into a mix of green grass and scrubby earth. I struggled to achieve this and it all feels a little non-descript to be honest.
I may try this view again, perhaps rejigging the composition a little as I think this still has some untapped potential.