Well my joy of Rowland Hilder is continuing apace! Here’s a couple of takes on two of his many autumnal scenes. Feels weird that as we’re entering what I hope will be a long hot summer, I’m feeling drawn to painting only autumnal scenes. I think this comes down to the palette more than anything – I much prefer these earthier tones to the bright lush (and often too green for my taste) summer views.  As usual too, I much prefer Hilder’s loose and and lively approach to his sketches than the more formal, finished works.

Autumnal scene after Rowland Hilder
Autumnal scene after Rowland Hilder
As ever, viewing this in the cold light of day – there are things about this that I’d prefer to change, however overall I’m pleased with the sense of vitality and freshness, particularly with some of the mark making and brush work.

In stark contrast to this painting which felt as if it went pretty smoothly, my next effort was real battle and I nearly gave up on it on a couple of occasions! Finally, feeling a bit exasperated, and looking at a somewhat limp and disjointed image, I decided that I had nothing to lose by risking some final amends. These were to add in a stronger mix in the mid distance… which then left the far range looking a too pale and limpid, so I strengthened this too… which then left some of the foreground looking needy… so I applied some shadows into the foreground and, hey presto – by no means a great sketch, but a huge improvement on where I’d been ten minutes earlier and it actually felt I’d salvaged something!

Autumnal Scene after Rowland Hilder. Painted on quarter sheet bockingford 190gsm white, extra rough
Autumnal Scene after Rowland Hilder. Painted on quarter sheet bockingford 190gsm white, extra rough
I wish I could promise that my next effort will be more of a summertime affair… but I’m afraid the autumn calling is running deep at the moment!

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