The Stone Stile


Lovely work, Tessa. Stiles are great gateways to nature, I'd like to be climbing over that right now.

I've been watching this progress on the forum Tessa, an excellent end result.

Yes, the tonal contrast has really worked well in this superb WIP Tessa, which I’ve enjoyed following on the forum.

Lovely composition- your eye is drawn right over the stile into the field.

Many thanks for your kind comments Lew, Russell, Alan, and Jenny and thanks to those of you who checked it out on the Forum.

Thank you Christine, glad it had the right effect. You’re never sure how others will view it.

And thank you Jenny.

Have been waiting for the finished article.Well worth the wait- really inviting.

Thank you Frances, glad you were looking in.

Beautifully painted Tessa , the stone has beautiful colours to it you can almost feel the texture.

Like this a lot Tessa

Wondered where this would go when I saw it on the Forum: went to just the right place, I should say! I've never actually seen a stone stile - are they a feature where you live? (Someone will now tell me they're all over the Isle of Wight, I just haven't noticed them...)

Thank you Dixie, Heather and Robert. Robert I don’t believe they are a feature around here. I’m not sure I’ve seen another. I imagine the slab of stone was there originally and the wood was added later, but could be completely wrong! Maybe someone out there will know.

In fact I looked this up and there do seem to be some made of stone but without the wood added, around Oxfordshire and some of the Cotswolds.

Thank you Maureen.

Like my daily walks Tessa, lovely atmosphere.

Many thanks Carole, yes the morning walk has taken on a special significance now hasn’t it?

I love this, seeing through the style gives it an impression of mystery somehow!

Hang on Studio Wall

I’ve been posting this as a WIP on the Forum and this is the finished version. It’s A3 size on oil paper in water mixable oils. It’s from a photo I took of an old stile of which the main upright is stone, and it’s on my regular walk near Bourton on the Water. I liked the way the sunlit field beyond the stile is framed by the stile itself and the trees.

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Tessa Gwynne

I have returned to painting over the last few years having relocated from Cardiff to the Cotswolds in 2009 and joined the Guiting Power Art Group. Although I did a year's Foundation Course at art college after leaving school, I hadn’t painted much in the interim, except for a few attempts here and…

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