House of Trousers!

House of Trousers!

It's full of light - and I do like the stylized way you've tackled the trees.

What a great story and a great painting too Val! Lovely light, lot of beautiful details and a good drawing too.

Lovely painting Val and a fascinating story! I have a book by the artist Brian Cook called 'Landscapes of Britain' and your painting is very reminiscent of his style.

I love the creamy matte effect of gouache paint Val and I love this beautiful painting, especially the sky colour against the trees all balanced by the pure white building. Lovely!

Wow Val, a painting with a story! How interesting. I agree with the above comments: this is a very good painting.

Thank you ladies and Robert for your kind remarks. It was a very hot sunny day when we were there a couple of weeks ago and my eyes were caught by the colourful hydrangea against the bright white wall of the Inn. Christine, I'm off to google Brian Cook :)

Love your gouash paintings Val and a great story to go with it! Do you think the landlords name was Donald and the song line is; Donald where's the trooser's!? I don't know why, and I may have mentioned this before, gouash colours always remind me of the sweeties 'tutifruities'! Do some more!

Ooopps.....missed the 'E' off gouache!

Love the painting Val and the tale that goes with it!

Great light, great story Val, love the summery painting and so well done in gouache.

Val - I LOVE this!! There is something so engaging about the pristine preciseness of it and the sharply defined shadows. A great style and one which I think you should pursue.

Thanks for your comments Fiona, Debs, Carole and Thea. Fiona I like your description of tuti fruti colours :) Thea, I go back to gouache every so often when I've fallen out with watercolour but I always think gouache paintings are more like an illustration than a "proper" painting, enjoyable to do though and definitely more forgiving.

This is a lovely sunlit piece, Val. Love the high key of the painting and the story that goes with it!

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Tigh-an-Truish which translates as house of trousers, painted in gouache as I've lost the plot with watercolour lol This is the Inn that sits beside the bridge over the Atlantic on the Isle of Seil near Oban. The Inn got its name after the Jacobite rebellion when Bonnie Prince Charlie failed to win the Scottish throne back from the English who banned the wearing of kilts and the playing of bagpipes. The locals defied the ban whilst on the island but changed into trousers when visiting the mainland and the Inn is where they kept their trousers before crossing the bridge. This is the first painting I've done for a while that hasn't ended up in the bin before I've even completed it. I'm not overly happy with it but I thought I'd post it as it seems quite apt at the moment with the vote on independence not too far away :) Thanks for taking a peek.

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Val Kenyon

I am a self taught artist or, as I like to say, I'm "unrestricted by formal teaching" which probably explains my mish mash of styles. I paint in most media, watercolour, gouache, oil, coloured pencil and my favourite, soft pastels. I'm inspired by the Scottish landscape, nature and animals and…

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