Fenland Landscapes - Painting the Fens


The fenland landscape is a recurring theme in my work, so much so that it has become a series in its own right. This is not surprising, as I spend so much of my time sketching, fishing and walking out in the fens. I like capture the wide openness but also the intimate scenes that people often overlook.

Much of my recent work is about conveying a personal feeling and understanding of the landscape but also to capture fleeting moments as the sky and colours change. Also, I am fascinated by the fenland skies that change so dramatically, one minute the scene can be misty silver - the next silhouetted against a golden sky.

My working method is normally about spending a long time absorbing and observing then working furiously to capture what I have seen and felt.

Fenland landscape oil painting

Walk Along the Lode

I painted this fenland landscape after an early winter walk from Lode to Bottisham Lock, just as the sun started to set. For this oil painting I used limited palette of high quality oil paints on an artist quality braced canvas.

Oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches

Read more about the painting and view work-in-progress

Landscape painting, Sheeps Green, Morning Sun

Sheeps Green, Morning Sun

Oil on linen canvas

I really enjoy walking from Newnham meadows car park to Cambridge centre passing through Lammas Land, Coe Fen and Sheep's Green. The canvas is sized to the golden ratio and I used a fibonacci spiral to plan the position of the trees..

40 x 65 cm

Landscape painting, Coe Fen

Coe Fen

Oil on ampersand board

A crisp morning walk across Coe Fen, looking towards St John's College, Cambridge.

12 x 16 inches

Busy Mayday at the Marina

Mayday Marina

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Deep canvas 60mm

Sold

Oil Painting of Marina

Marina

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Deep canvas 60mm

Memory Landscape - Oil painting on canvas

Memory Landscape

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

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Oil painting - Sunrise on the fens

Sunrise on the fens

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Deep canvas 60mm

Oil Painting Dusk on Fens

Dusk on Fens

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Deep canvas 60mm

Sold

A Spring Morning at St Ives Lakes

Spring Morning at St Ives Lakes

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Deep canvas 60mm

Sold

Original oil painting titled Ten Mile Bank Viewed from Brandon Creek

Ten Mile Bank
Viewed from Brandon Creek

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Burwell House Collection

Spontaneous Beet

Spontaneous Beet

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Deep canvas 60mm

Night Fishing at the Woolpack, Godmanchester

Night Fishing

Fenland Series

Night fishing in the fens - Woolpack, Godmanchester

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Sold

Fen Mist

Fen Mist near Benwick

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Fenland Rise

Fenland Rise

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Burwell House Collection

A wet morning in the fens

A wet morning in the fens

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

12 x 16 inches

Private Collection, Uganda

Holkham Beach oil painting

Holkham Beach

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Rapeseed Field

Rapeseed Field

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Sold

Original oil painting titled Fen Storm

Fen Storm

Fenland Series

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Sold

Autumn Avenue

Autumn Avenue

Oil on canvas

16 x 12 inches

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June Avenue of trees

June Avenue

Oil on canvas

16 x 12 inches

Winter Avenue oil painting

Winter Avenue

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 inches

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