Working en plein air is a liberating way of escaping the confines of a studio and to practice looking at a landscape more critically, expedited by either the onset of rain, sunburn or the attentions of dog walkers. This little painting is an example of what is possible within the hour, and just a hoar’s frost away from a city centre.
The view is one that would have been shared by Iron Age settlers. Their site at the eponymous Camp Hill looks out from a sandstone ridge out towards the river with the Clwydian range in the far distance. Treelines incrementally defined by dark greens in the deep shadows of noon; clouds roll in innocently from the Irish sea.
Acrylic on canvas, 30x24cm (2015) BUY