The moors and an upside down viewPosted: November 5, 2016
If you wander away from the Brontë’s house in Haworth, West Yorkshire, this is what you might see. It’s a view of a landscape that is so special that I have been dreaming of painting it for months. I can’t guarantee that if you go, Heathcliff’s ghost will be wandering there too, but I can be pretty sure that you might gasp at the drama of the clouds meeting the distant moors. I visited the area last July just before I returned home from Manchester, and although I didn’t sketch it at the time, I have been thinking about it a lot. I tried it as a small sketch in oil this week and will probably try it in watercolour too.
So far, in my weekly oil painting class we have been doing small studies. Mine are 7″ x 9″. Next week we’ll work on larger paintings. Another exercise we tried this week was painting using an upside down reference image. It’s a really interesting process because you have to look at shapes, values and colours, instead of mountains, trees and water. It was an exercise in restraint. I had to hold myself back from flipping the photo over to see what I was looking at, especially in the reflections. I ran out of time but here is what I was able to do in about 30 minutes.
And here is the scene when I turned it right side up. I think with a bit more time I could have made it work.