Spring on the Line – Colour Study

spring scene of ystradgynlais woods in spring

The other morning, Jessie took me for a walk on ‘The Line’ – a former railway line along the Ystradgynlais hillside which is now a popular path for dogwalkers and cyclists.

I hadn’t been out for a walk since well before lockdown began so it really was a feast for the senses walking the woodland trails and seeing all the fresh spring greenery in the golden morning light.

Obviously, I took my camera along and took plenty of photos to serve as inspiration for future pieces. However when I got home I found there was one particular shot that I was particularly drawn to, so I started a colour study.

A colour study is essentially a test. I paint on a small surface with the main concern of getting the colours. I can mix colours and work them into the painting without having to concern myself with how the final piece will look.

Within a couple of hours, it was finished. I posted it on my social media channels. I wasn’t prepared for such a positive response from something that was intended just as a test! People were asking if my colour studies are for sale.

I hadn’t even thought of it before.

Certainly something to consider when I’m finished on the final paintings.

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Landscape artist Chris Richards lives on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the village of Ystradgynlais. Chris works mainly in oils, but also dabbles with acrylics, ink pens, watercolours, and soft pastels.

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