The Torridge at Wear Giffard. 'A lazy afternoon.'
A limited edition giclee print of 495. 22 x 14.5 inches approximately.
I hope that I have conveyed the essence of this quintessentially English scene with wooded hills sweeping down to the slowly flowing river, wending its way past grazing cows and a village sleepy in the June sunshine. This scene has changed little over the centuries, and, although painted in 2006, it could have been painted a hundred years ago. The scene is looking towards Weare Giffard which stands along the banks of the river Torridge, there is a Lime kiln on the right near the white cottage. Barges used to carry lime and culm up here from Bideford, working there way up on the incoming tide, and drifting back on the ebb. My dinghy is following their path, drifting down river with the sail just swelling in a whisper of breeze. It will truly be a lazy afternoon!
Typically of any oil painting painted outside, it is fully organic. There are grass stains and scratches where it blew off the easel, the canvas is splattered in specks of soil that drifted along on the breeze, and a pair of buzzards now soar in the sky where unfortunate midges met their demise!