Round bales always bounce light and harbour shadows so brilliantly that I find myself drawn to them time and time again. One of my favourite aspects of this scene on this day was the light stubble and bales contrasted against a brooding sky that was verging on stormy.
Here, I painted two versions, both in watercolour, on the same day. The first painting did not turn out as I had hoped it would because the trees and sky got too vague for my liking.
“Straw Bales On Stubble” (1) #23
In my second attempt I tried to give the hedges and trees more definition to make them stand out from the sky more and to give an increased feeling of distance between the foreground and the grassy verge immediately in front of the trees.
“Straw Bales On Stubble” (2) #24
On reflection, I think I like different aspects about each painting.