ORSETT GARDEN 2

 

ORSETT GARDEN 2

30” x 40” (76 x 102cm)

Oil/acrylic on gessoed panel

£3750


I first painted this scene of the garden at Orsett Hall, Essex, in 1967. I called it, with all the imagination at my command, Orsett Garden. I painted it in oils on hardboard - you can see the result on the Gallery page. Back then I had not learned about the merits of under-painting and I was dissatisfied with the result but didn’t know why. That’s the reason I didn’t offer the painting for sale. Since learning about under-painting, I’ve always wanted to repaint the scene and now I’ve finally done it. If you compare the two pictures online, there’s not that much difference. In real life the difference is marked. Under-painting is almost like backlighting a picture. I also added the portable easel and board in this new version, making the picture yet another ‘self-portrait in absentia’. Oddly, as a coda to this story, the original is shortly off to a private collection in America, but that’s another tale.