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Pastel painting of a marsh harrier at Little Wilbraham Fen, Cambridge

Posted On: Saturday 23rd June 2012
Summary: A small painting in soft and hard pastels of a low-lying fenland scene near Cambridge with a marsh harrier soaring in the distance

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Outdoor painting   Plein air   Painting in Cambridge   Pastels painting   Painting trees   

marsh harrier pastel paintingWilbraham Fen is a favourite place where I like to paint near Cambridge. I'm still spending more time with pastels at the moment. They make a good outdoor medium provided you have a box that will prevent the pastel sticks rattling around.

The subject title is a little speck in the sky  - a Marsh Harrier that can regularly be seen in this area. I really wanted to say something about the type of landscape that these wonderful birds naturally inhabit. There was a stiff breeze blowing which was turning the leaves on this (Willow?) tree over and showing their pale undersides. It's an interesting effect and the tree as a consequence had a pale bluey-grey colouring.


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