From the Fields
Oil on Canvas Panel
With the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions I have been venturing further afield for my morning walks with the dogs at ridiculously early hours of the morning.
I have missed walking on the coast and so recently I revisited one of my favourite haunts over at Salthouse to do a lovely walk that takes in a stroll through barley fields, with a view over the marshes and out to the sea. Eventually a footpath leads us down to the marshes themselves and along the beach and back to complete a satisfying circular route.
It was a warm overcast melancholic June morning and on the marshes the only sounds were the ‘pea wit’ of the curlew and the huffing and puffing of grazing cattle as they chewed the cud. Out to sea a large grey seal bobbed about amongst the big green waves as they smashed onto the pebble beach and as we continued on our way we woke another seal lounging half on his back and half on his side midway up the beach. He jerked his head up swiftly as if he were tutting at us for being up so early and then returned to his slumber.
It was good to be back.
The drive home took us along small country roads where many of the arable fields here in North Norfolk are now awash with Poppies, Daisies and the Corn Marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum) . . . what a delightful sight. I simply had to take some home to paint. I did as little arranging of the flowers as possible keeping things natural in the hope that I could capture some of that day in this painting.