Artist's description:

“Preseli Hills and Posts” is painted in oils on a prepared MDF board 30 x 30 cm square.

For this landscape I used the Zorn limited palette colours of yellow ochre, cadmium red, titanium white and black. The Zorn palette is named after Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860 – 1920).

I find this palette works well for landscapes especially on grey moody days. It is also a great palette when starting out with landscape painting as the colours harmonise automatically and naturally.

Although not used here I sometimes add a little Prussian blue and cadmium yellow if needed.

The subject is inspired by visits to the Mynachlog-Ddu area in the Preseli Hills in North Pembrokeshire, West Wales close to where I live.

It is an interesting and historic area very near Carn Menyn a rocky hilltop outcrop thought to be the source of the bluestones at Stonehenge.

There are lots of standing stones, wind-sculptured stunted trees, very old decayed fence, gate and boundary posts that are really useful in helping to create interesting compositions.

Although up in the hills this is also a boggy area and I tried to show a hint of some white cotton grass which grows well here.

The last time I painted 'plein air' at this location, and was concentrating hard, wild Preseli ponies ‘snuck’ up and stole the sandwiches from my bag when my back was turned !

Materials used:

mdf, oil paint

Preseli Hills and Posts (2016)


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Ray Burnell

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