‘Fingringhoe Wick: August’
Acrylic and oil pastel on board, framed with a plain white frame.
Image size is W30cm x H40.5cm, and the framed size is W42.5cm x H52.5cm.
It is part of my 2017 painting project ‘A Year on Fingringhoe Wick’. At the end of 2016 I was diagnosed with cancer, and throughout 2017 I was recovering while visiting this beautiful peaceful nature reserve each month to draw and take photos before completing a monthly painting back in my studio.
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About Sally Pudney
Sally Pudney is a landscape painter working in an expressive realistic style. Her paintings focus on the landscapes, rivers, coast and estuaries of East Anglia, and the ancient trackways of Southern England. She works mainly in acrylic on board, often with added oil pastel.
During her early teaching career in Norfolk she painted landscapes in watercolour, but Sally began to paint seriously in acrylic in 2005.
Since then she has exhibited regularly at the Geedon Gallery Fingringhoe, at Haylett’s Gallery in Maldon, and at other exhibitions in Essex and Suffolk. Her work has been short-listed for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She participates regularly with Colchester and Tendring Open Studios and has recently started exhibiting at the Buckenham Galleries in Southwold.
“The focus of my interest in painting is light and colour. I love painting the huge East Anglian skies, the quiet lanes, the woodlands, and the little boats around the estuaries of Essex and Suffolk. I try to capture the way light falls on the surface of water and mud, and the colours, shadows and movement of trees and fields against those vast skies.”
Sally has undertaken a number of painting projects in the last few years. 2016 saw the ‘Twelve Months in an Essex Wood’ series, visiting and painting Hillhouse Wood just north of Colchester every month throughout the year. During 2017, the focus was the nature reserve at Fingringhoe Wick, on the Colne Estuary, resulting in twelve paintings of the varied habitat.
Last year Sally’s project was ‘Four Seasons on the Stour’. Starting at Wrabness in January, she worked her way up river each month, finishing at Long Melford in December. As with the other year-long projects, a small book has been published containing images of all these paintings. This year it is ‘On the Edge: The North Sea Project’, painting the coast of Essex and Suffolk. Sally has also embarked on an occasional series called Landlines – paintings which show any feature which makes a line in the landscape.
Sally’s interest in walking long distance trails has resulted in two series of work, one featuring the Peddars Way in Norfolk, and another series of twelve paintings of The Ridgeway from Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.
“I love to be outside in the natural world and I hope my paintings convey something of that life enhancing pleasure to the viewer.”