Widecombe in the Moor is a very old historic village that is nestled right in the heart of the Moor. The Church House (next to the church) is thought to have been built around the same time as the Church Tower, c. 1540. This snowscene painting was produced at the end of a very harsh winter over here in England where much of Dartmoor has been impassable at times. The village would have been cut off in this harsh weather because the roads in and out are so steep – luckily there is a good pub so the locals wouldn’t have minded.
This painting was challenging for a couple of reasons. There is a large hill in the background that needed careful consideration. It proved to be a very delicate balancing act making sure the hill didn’t advance too far forward, while still retaining some of it’s detail. The second thing was everything in this painting overlapped the content behind. I had to plan all the stages very carefully and ensure that the tonal range and colours were correct before the trees were painted over the top.
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