A large, dramatic piece initially inspired by the mires on Exmoor, then further inspired by the beginning of the traditional farming poem by the same title (see below). Created from mixed media - texture paste, acrylic washes, acrylic ink detail and oil. This piece has many layers of vibrant colour and the appearance of the colours change under different lighting conditions. The textures are wonderful, making this a tactile piece with a great sense of depth.
The main subject of this painting is the effect of the sky reflected in the pools of water gathered in the furrows. But the feeling of the place is just as important. I used vibrant acrylic inks and oils to capture the freshness of the morning, and created drama and high contrast with the deliberate placing of the darker colours with a palette knife. This method was risky and I had to allow the odd 'happy accident', but I feel this adds energy to the piece.
I hope that this piece evokes feelings of calm, invigoration, and freshness so intense it makes your nose tingle.
This painting is on deep edge canvas and the sides are painted. A hanging kit has been attached so it is not necessary to frame this piece.
Furrows and Fields (first three verses)
I spent my life in furrows and fields
Working and tilling the land
Observing the beauties created
By God’s almighty hand
I have touched the richness of soil
I’ve born the wind and sun on my face
And I would choose this life and this land
Over any other place
A life filled with crimson-dawned mornings
When I was up to greet the sky
Days spent with family and creation
All throughout my life
Texture paste, acrylic paint, acrylic ink and oil