The Windy Day
A while ago I made this rough painting in my sketchbook. I thought I would do a series of photos to show how the idea has progressed.
My partner, Matt and I are lucky enough to live near the New Forest in Hampshire, UK. Nothing beats a long walk in wellies, under the canopy of trees, climbing the fallen tree trunks, finding rope swings, jumping in the streams, and building dams. I suppose it is these happy days which inspired this initial sketch. What do you take from your life that inspires you to create?
The painting changes a little in composition and colour palette. I wanted to capture a hint of "something about to happen" - the little child, unbeknown to mum is day dreaming at the back, the feel of the day is colder and more wintery.
It's still a work in progress, but I think it's slowly emerging.
I am building up a portfolio of work to show children's book publishers and am thinking of including this once it's finished - what do you think? I'll post the final piece once it's completed. Hope you enjoyed looking.