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Peter Barker
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Sunlit Boat and Mud
Pastel on Clairefontaine Pastelmat, 13 x 19 inches I painted this one at Patchings Festival on the last day, when I was one of the guest artists. I finished it off in the studio today. the gorgeous receding light on the boat was the initial hook for the pai...

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Blinding Light, Brancaster Staithe
  Oil on Board, 10 x 17 inches I painted this one as a demo to the Castor and Ailsworth Society of Art last Thursday, then finished it off at Patchings Art Festival on Sunday morning.  The photo below shows the painting as it was after the two hours allotte...

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Banks of the Nene
Oil on Board, 10 x 17 inches Here's another demo painting I did a while back, again with a panoramic shape on a 10 x 17 board. It's a view of the River Nene near Waternewton just outside Peterborough. The Nene is pronounced Neen the nearer you are to Northa...

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The Oak by the Canal
Oil on Board, 10 x 17 inches I did this painting as a demo to the Napton Art Group, choosing to do a local landscape of the area, in this case the Oxford Canal near Lower Shuckburgh. I liked the barns in the distance on the left, and the towpath on the righ...

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Swans by the River Coln
Oil on Board, 9 x 13 inches This one is another verdant landscape, with a mass of May blossom on the hawthorn bushes. Painting white blossom is always a challenge, especially when there is a strong light as there was here. I used my 1" household decorator's...

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Mellow Windrush
Oil on Board, 7.5 x 10 inches Another Cotswold-themed painting, this time of the River Windrush near Burford, where the river winds its way through meadows to Swinbrook. The day was not sunny, so all the tones were somewhat close, and I had to pay special a...

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Sherborne Park
Oil on Board, 10 x 17 inches Another Cotswold painting, this time one of the glorious landscape of Sherborne Park Estate, where this year's Springwatch programme is based. I felt a panoramic-shaped board would suit the composition, with the Sherborne brook ...

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Sunset over the Windrush
Oil on Board, 12 x 17 inches Another Cotswold painting, this time the River Windrush near Swinbrook, East of Burford, one of my favourite stretches of water. I used a little artistic license with this one, introducing a sunset sky onto a fairly dull light e...

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Upper Slaughter
Oil on Linen Canvas, 20 x 28 inches One of the chocolate-box villages in the Cotswolds, I painted this view of Upper Slaughter in all its verdant, Summer glory. I was lucky that the woman was posing on the bridge, with a lovely, backlit halo around her dark...

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The Oxford Canal
Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches I did this as a demo painting last week at Napton-on-the-Hill, and I took a few photos of the local landscape having got there early, so opted to paint this view of the Oxford Canal. The big Oak tree provided a perfect focal poi...
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