Painting and spring in the mountains

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This April I have finally started walking again! As well as getting up into the hills and forests a bit (not into the snow though!) I have also been doing lots of cycling around the local area and making the most of the spring atmosphere.

I have also had lots of time to work on my painting. One of my most successful pieces has been this image of Townend barn in Cumbria. I am beginning to get into the swing of using gouache in a fresh new and unrestricted style of painting, which is feeling great to work on and the finished results give some nice contrasts of rough grainy watercolour texture alongside sharp clean lines and flat blocks of solid colour.