Dover's Hill (or the view from, as painted here) is a familiar landmark in the Cotswolds. Leave Chipping Campden and make the gentle 230m ascent to gain a spectacular view looking towards the Black Hills in Wales and Long Mynd in Shropshire. Abigail has captured the breath-taking view that the climb affords. The blue sky is filled with waves of clouds, parting to allow sunlight through to pick out parts of the foreground and a distant field. These sunlit areas contrast wonderfully with the brooding hills on the horizon. With loose, fluent brushstrokes, Abigail has captured the view and the result is magnificent and as bracing as a windy walk.
Abigail Waddell is a part time Rheumatologist and when she is not working for the NHS, she is painting. She finds that doing both jobs encourages enthusiasm and creativity for the two roles. She lives in the Cotswolds but has spent summer for the last 25 years in Scotland, but is also drawn to Wales, Devon and Cornwall. In all these locations she has favourite spots where she will return to paint, sketching in the open (en plein air) and then working the sketches up in her studios. She describes her approach:
‘ I favour oils for landscapes of land or sea in which the light and in particular, the clouds demand an impressionistic approach, to allow the pieces to reflect more than simply a snapshot of what is in front of me and give the viewer a significant role in interpretation.’
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:61cm, W:92cm
Oil on canvas
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