Jericho Hill, East (2019)
Jericho Hill, East
David A. Evans
2019, oil on card, 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
"On a hill overlooking my home village, there is a track that starts nowhere and ends nowhere. You have to cross a field to get to it and once you have travelled its length, you will find yourself in another field. It seems as if its sole purpose is to lead you to this view."
This painting is a departure from my usual method. I have painted on card, first applying a few layers of acrylic gesso with a stiff hog brush to leave brush marks in a painterly style that I like. During the drying, the sides lifted to create a concave surface like those curved television screens. I then applied my water mixable oil paints to compose the picture. Once the painting had fully dried, I mounted it on card and set it in a rustic wooden frame behind glass. It makes an unusual presentation for an oil painting, but I like the delicate appearance of the finished piece. It expresses how I feel about the countryside these days - that it gets bent this way and that, according to the purpose of use. The impact of human activity is particularly evident as I return to these childhood haunts and I see what changes have occurred. In some cases it is quite dramatic (my home village has doubled in size). I am happy to find Jericho Hill as I left it in childhood. Here, only my perception of time has warped!
|Jericho Hill, East|
David A. Evans
2019, oil on card, 9 1/2 x 9 x 1/2 in.