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Painting in the Stour Valley

Straw Bales in the Stour Valley by Roy ConnellyMid August in the Stour Valley, Suffolk.

This is one of the oil paintings I’ll be showing at the Plein Air Brotherhood exhibition that opens on Sunday 17th October 2013 at A&K Wilson Gallery.

It was painted entirely on location on the morning of 14th August near Smallbridge Hall shortly after the barley had been harvested.

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Stour Valley paintings

Stour Valley painting WP_001249
Stour Valley. Oil on canvas, 15 x 28 inches, 38 x 71 cm.

The recent hot weather has actually made it harder to paint outside in the last few weeks but as the blue skies seem to have been been  missing for so long it’s been great to get out and paint them.

down in the stour valley P1080097
Early summer in the Stour Valley
Suffolk. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches, 33 x 41 cm.
This is on a French 6F size canvas – see note below.

The painting above is on a French 6F size canvas – see note below. The lush greens of early summer have now given way to rich golden shades of harvest time.

Stour Valley P1080504
A 20 x 30 inch canvas on the easel in 30C/86F heat with no shade.

The middle painting above is on a French 6F size linen canvas. French canvas sizes are set of standard sizes for Figure (F), landscape – Paysage (P) and Marine (M). This picture is on a canvas intended to be used in portait format but I have used on its side.

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Plein Air paintings don’t have to be small paintings

Stour Valley Nayland oil painting by Roy Connelly

This 36 inch canvas of the Stour Valley at Wiston near Nayland in Suffolk was painted in late May 2012. I worked on it for 3 days with the majority of the painting completed on the first day. After that, I only made minor changes and all work was completed on location.

I had thought I was on a quiet road but at one point four cars stopped, completely blocking the road, and everyone had got out to look. It was like a bizzare street party in the middle of nowhere but they all soon left and peace returned to this quiet country lane in a peaceful corner of Suffolk.

Above: Blocking in the big shapes over the ghost of an abandoned painting.
Below: The finished painting – click for a closer look.

Wiston near Nayland, Stour Valley in Suffolk by Roy Connelly
Wiston near Nayland, Stour Valley in Suffolk.
Oil on canvas 24×36 inches.

 

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