The Big Sister to "Dudley's Field Sketch", I started this painting in October 2014 and then the weather intervened and by the time I got back the autumn colours had gone, so I had to wait until this year to complete it. Hence there's foliage that is at the beginning of autumn and still greenish that hasn't turned yet and patches that are ghostly from the previous year left untouched as I wanted to keep the smokey fireworks feel of the scene. The sheep are left deliberately indistinct as I didn't want to overwork them and lose the "in the field impressionistic" feel (they really did come along and plonk themselves down in front of me - when they realised I was there they all got up and pushed off again). The pheasant was also actually there and I had to paint it so quickly that I didn't realise it was in slightly the wrong place for its size so it ended more the size of a turkey (which is a distortion I quite like). Dudley almost made it into the painting too as he drove his quadbike into the field to dig up some molehills.
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