Balance: landscape painting in oils

"Balance"

Landscape oil painting of a drystone wall in northern Cumbria.

32 x 32 ins, oil on canvas.

This is a drystone wall in northern Cumbria which was precariously situated on a steep slope. You can see in the background that some sections had already collapsed, but in the focal area of the painting, the stones had locked themselves together firmly as they slumped, corbelling into a solid mass that seems frozen in the process of keeling over.

I also liked the contrast between the modern barbed wire and the ancient wall, both man-made insertions into the landscape that have slowly conformed to the rolling shape of the hill.

The cloud shapes also echoed the linear pattern of the wall across the hill and offered contrasting texture and shape across the canvas.