With the dryer weather and light evenings, I’ve been doing a
lot of walking and cycling around our local area these last few weeks,
following twisty little known footpaths and ancient chalk trackways with amazing
views of the Downs, river valley and the sea and it’s been magical. I
especially like walking up on the highest hilltops – Chanctonbury Ring topped
with its sheep, little circle of woodland & shrouded in scary stories; and
Cissbury Ring, an ancient hill fort with wind bent trees now grazed by New
Forest ponies and looking down on the landscape and distant sea below. A
wind farm is appearing off our coastline and there are now eight windmills to
be seen amongst the uncountable stalks awaiting blades. I am still working on
the set of wintery magpie paintings but the countryside is so green and fresh
now it feels like time to move away from the palette of chilly blues and
purples and do some artwork to reflect the new season of greens.