Pastel on ingres paper, 22x15cm: With clear blue skies above I can respond directly to the reflections in the water with my favourite blues. From the same position I just turned 90degrees to the left and I see the riverbank cut away with pebbles and rocks exposed:
Paste on Ingres paper, 22x15cm: A bit more naturalistic but made using a limited palette of blues, mauves, and green. Further up the burn there is a small tributary where Mallard Duck hide from spying eyes and a farm bridge is constructed from old rusted steel girders and wooden handrails greyed with age and weather. A Buzzard mews above:
Pastel on Ingres paper, 22x15cm: I'm distracted by a huge insect that crawls across my page and gives me the heebie-jeebies! Therefore I paint this fairly realistically with my mind on self preservation rather than creating my other world. Pastel on Ingres paper, 22x15cm: A dark pool where the water slows to an apparent standstill but the wind ripples across the surface reflecting the blue sky above. Last year's docken still stands red, and a fish quietly rises to take a Mayfly.
Cutting this short to rush off to watch the Mighty Glasgow Rangers play Motherwell. Back later to finish!
And here I'm back again happy to report that the Gers won 1-0. An ugly win but another three points on the board!
This last painting is my impression/expression of the river rushing and tumbling between constricting rocks on it's mad dash to meet the River Avon a few miles further down the glen. Here I'm almost looking down vertically on top of it and kept from falling in by two sheep and a lamb hanging onto my braces! (you can tell by now I've had a few glasses of Guinness to help with the narrative!)
The first, second, fourth, and last painting above can all be purchased in my shop at Etsy: http://davidcornelius.etsy.com/