A Quiet Place for Landscape Painting

My landscape teacher, Marc Dalessio, a very good artist who had an unfailing eye for my mistakes, gave me a good tip which I pass on: if you want a commanding view of a town or village, head for the cemetery – this is often on top of a hill where you will not bother anybody with your easel and have a quiet place to work. Cemeteries or, more particularly,  churchyards  here, in England, are picturesque in themselves. Having gone to seed these last few years, my local churchyard is slightly more picturesque than usual. I was there a few weeks ago to do some work as the spring flowers had come out (wood anemones and primroses mostly). Here are two of my sketches.

Southborough cemetery 1.2

St Peter’s Churchyard 2, oil on board, 25 x 35cm , 2013

St Peter's Cemetry 3, oil on board, 30 x 40cm, 2013

St Peter’s Churchyard 3, oil on board, 30 x 40cm, 2013

Here is another study I painted last autumn.

St Peter's Cemetery 1, oil on board, 20 x 30cm, 2012

St Peter’s Cemetery 1, oil on board, 20 x 30cm, 2012

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2 Responses to A Quiet Place for Landscape Painting

  1. judson monroe says:

    Always fun to read your posts! I’ve been landscaping a lot lately, I can often hear Marc’s voice in my head “the secret is to paint it right the first time” Anyways, keep up the good work. In two weeks I am going to the States for the summer, know that you have an open invitation to join me at any time (family too, of course) Your pal, Judson

  2. Louis says:

    Thanks, Judson, particularly for the invitation. Painting in the States…sounds great. I may well take you up on that one day.
    All the best,
    Louis

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