Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The smell of the earth

The land forms near Buxton

When ploughing or working in a newly dug trench the earth smells beautiful, as pungent and new mown grass but different. The folds of the earth always speak to me as do the workings on the surface by generations of people past. This painting is of the land near Buxton in Derbyshire and features a remarkable diamond shaped field on the side of a rising bank. Seeing this in conjunction with the diminishing road as it descends into the valley demanded my attention. Simplicity and earth colours compound the effect as I try to evoke a sense of place here, a place unmolested and settled with gradients and boundaries unchanged for centuries.

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