Recreating my favourite field with acrylic paint

Acrylic painting of a summer's evening at Fens Nature Reserve, Dudley

Fens nature reserve is fairly close to where I live, in the Midlands. There are several man made pools over there, which were dug out to keep the Stourbridge canal full in the days of canal transport.

The pools are now home to ducks, swans, coots, moorhens and an abundance of wildlife. Beyond the pools lies my favourite field. The field runs down the reserve from what appears to be the highest point. In early summer the field is white with Oxeye daisies, a sign that summer is here. In late summer, the tall grass that has taken over from the daisies, becomes dry and silvery in the sunlight, then in the evening as the sun begins to set, the whole field glows like gold. I have tried to capture this in a painting using acrylic. I wanted to recreate the feelings as I gazed over the field on a summer evening…