“This is where we leave the open and take to cover,” said Strider.
Here we are, returning again to Hobbits, and a marsh, and a plan for a future oil painting with a heavy focus on the landscape this time around. My last painting of a similar scene was ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ but I intend to take this one in a different direction.
This new piece is inspired by The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XI – A Knife In The Dark. In this scene we join the four Hobbits; Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin as they follow Strider to Rivendell, before that though is the journey to Amon Sûl (Weathertop) which takes them through the Midgewater Marshes.
I recently got my hands on a new set of brushes from an exciting new start up brand called Hayroo – (Click Here For Company Website), I have so far used them to work on two study paintings and I must say I have been impressed with the results.
Whilst I don’t intend to write a formal product review in the conventional sense, I did feel the need to get a blog post written to show my personal views on working with the brushes and the results of doing so.
What’s in the box?
I really do believe that you get bang for your buck with these brushes; they hold up well under detailed, gentle, soft blending paint work as well as choppy, loose and rough paint slinging. The brushes keep their shape well and have a good flexibility with a generous amount of bristles.
Another sure tell tale sign of a good or bad brush is how they hold up to a good clean up; I have managed to clean each and every brush after each painting session without losing any hair so far and without any splaying, misshapen hairs; and that is more than I can say for a lot of the leading brands that I have used over the past few years.
These two paintings are my results so far from using the Hayroo Brushes, the length of the brushes helped me to paint more loosely and expressively than I usually do which gave a nice change of pace.
I’m planning my first proper plein air painting session for some time in the next couple of weeks and I will be using the Hayroo Brushes for that and documenting the process throughout the day, be sure to subscribe to my blog to stay updated!
Overall, I definitely recommend anyone looking for a new set of brushes to check out this exciting new brand and give them a go!
The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Oil on Box Canvas – 10″ x 8″
The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Detail
The Last Flight of the War Drakes Detail 2
The horns of the fell war blew a cry to awake
Through the night and the day, to the fight of an age
Over mountains and pastures the flight of the drakes
To the end of an era, to the light that’ll fade
“To the war! To the war!” cried the chief of the Wyrms
Every winged beast and creature full of evil that lurked
In the world at that time had a reason to purge
The fair people of Earth, and then see that it burned
The last flight of the War Drakes was the one and only time that the great dragons had ever been known to band together as a unitary force; they flew with intense fury and vengeance to the battlefronts of the Fell War leaving a burning trail of destruction and death in their wake.
They flew to their demise and apparent extinction once the Eldar caused the ‘Burning Sky’ ending the fell war and eradicating every evil creature present.
A retreat of Edward III, a muse for John Constable, a local ruin for inspiration…
Hadleigh castle is a place that I absolutely love to visit, it’s a 15 minute drive from home and is situated both strategically and beautifully nestled in the countryside of Essex, overlooking the Thames estuary.
For this post I won’t be going into the details of the castle’s history as this is merely a blog post to show an oil sketch that I have recently created and not a finished painting; that will come in the future.
As the summer draws closer I am making plans to spend a good bit of time around these ruins, sketching on site and hopefully doing a bit of plein air painting, working towards a definitive oil painting showing the ruins and the surrounding landscape in all their glory.
The part of the ruins shown in this sketch however, I intend to incorporate into a fantasy artwork, either as the main focal point, or a background piece depending on where the mood and composition takes me at that stage
The Farewell Speech!
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So to introduce this new feature I guess the title does all the necessary summing up of what it’s about and I can pretty much jump straight into getting to the pictures part.
Just before that however, I must admit that this first post has a couple of photos taken before February 2019 that just couldn’t be left off and as this is a new feature it made sense that I’d get away with it this once.
All of the photos are my own, taken with either my phone or digital camera and then edited solely using Instagram.
I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourite photos that I’ve taken and posted to Instagram, please feel free to follow me on there and start a conversation!