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Ochre’s Groundscape


This section of the Wienerwald, I had frequented many times before whilst making paintings previously.

I was keen to make a painting from a random chosen part of the wood, focusing on the forever changing forest floor, the ground.

I liked the clear horizon line in the far distance, looking upward through the wood. The fact there was light coming from the back of the composition through the distant trees.

There was nothing beyond those distant trees, which is unusual for a wood, only a field behind.

The painting was begun at the end of autumn and the onset of winter, the final weeks of any autumnal leaves, and before any snow fall.

The forest floor covered with leaves, provided an abundance of orange, red, and brown, a perfect content for the painting not distracting from the very simple composition.

The majority of my paintings are made from drawings done in mid-morning, ‘noon-light’. I like this time of day when the light comes from directly above and is not too distracting, or changeable.

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Additional information

Dimensions 120 x 120 cm
Medium oil on Linen
Year 2017
Noel Paine studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School (Foundation, 1990-91); the University of Wales, Cardiff (BA, Art and Aesthetics, 1st Class Hons Painting, 1991-94); and the University of Kent, Canterbury (MA, Fine Art, 1996-98). While studying, Noel travelled to the USA which proved to be an influential time for research and practical development in his early career. Upon returning to London in 1996, he began to work on paintings which would extend into the work he makes today. This focuses on scenes of the environment he inhabits, this has resulted in his ‘London East End’ series, and, since 2008, when he has been living and working in Italy and Austria, an ongoing series of works with historical and stylistic influences from Lazio and the landscape of the Austrian countryside.

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