Tuesday, January 8, 2008


I spent Christmas and New Year with my husband and his family in Pennsylvannia - if you've visited my website (www.shelleyhocknell.com)you will have seen my paintings of the Amish people who live in the countryside near the Zentner's. I'm doing more oils of them today, so I'll upload them from tomorrow when I'm happy with them. For now here's a little watercolour sketch I did between snow showers there. It's a shame I haven't been able to visit Pennsylvannia in the summertime yet, when all the trees have leaves and the flowers are blooming. The landscape does have a unique charm at this time of year though, in a stark, understated way. The umbers, ochres and siennas are evocative of old sepia photographs, wrinkled and curling at the edges.


M. Lanitis Gregory said...

I love this piece; you do "stark" so well. Perhaps it's because you're from Wales? :)

Shelley Hocknell Zentner said...

Yea I think so. We have a lot of that sort of thing in the Winter there!