Across the Shire
- Oil on canvas
- 80 x 120 cms (31.50 x 47.24 ins)
- Ref: 495526
This painting is the view from Selsley Common in Gloucestershire, looking across the vale towards the River Severn and far beyond to the Brecon Beacons. It is a place where I spent many hours as a young person and, in my imagination, this is the “Shire” from the Tolkien books. The church in the painting has windows by Morris and Co. Which was the first commission that the William Morris company won for stained glass work. The day depicted here is windy with dancing trees and scudding clouds. Brush marks are important in this painting, used to describe movement as well as form. It is a large painting which, while busy with colour and mark making, has a sense of nostalgia and calm, expressing a typical English landscape.
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