Walnuts #2

Oil on Panel
15 x 30cm (approx 6 x 12 inches).
© adam cope

about walnuts…

Walnuts are one of the principal crops of the Dordogne & feature in our regional cuisine. The orchards are very beautiful places. It’s quiet common to see large walnut trees in the middle of fields or near to farms, where they are loved for the nuts they provide.

‘Le Noyer’ (‘The Walnut Tree’)
oil on canvas
87 x 70 cm (Approx 35 x 28 inches)
© adam cope

‘Walnuts & Brambles’
30 x 40 cm (approx 16 x 12 inches)
© adam cope

4 Comments on “Walnuts #2

  1.  by  Casey Klahn

    You have to leave us a comment on the differences in style, here, Adam.

    Both very attractive, works, with the latter one being very loose.

  2.  by  Adam Cope

    hummm……tricky question Casey

    yes i can see this must be confusing!

    in fact it was confusing for me as well 😉

    and the difference bewteen the two works isn’t as great as the difference between two other possible works of the same periods.

    There is a danger about blogging paintings from different periods which have diffrent styles, even if they’re allwalnut trees. Also, do casal web-tourist of the twenty second-a-one off- visit variety take enough time to read ddates, sizes, provenace? I doubt it.

    Truth is i’m irratic.

    Now I accept that, it’s OK, as I don’t believe that works have to be made in a continuity of style in order to create ‘an authentic look’.

    Look at Picasso. Look at Matisse – they evolved & exprimented all the length of their life.

    Anyway, being specific to these two works :

    1. There is nine years difference between them.

    2. Le Noyer is large format painting. Walnuts & Brambles is a small format painting.

    3.Le Noyer is studio painting, done from memory & sketches over the course of whole year. Walnuts & Brambles is a plein-air ‘alla prime’ painting, done in three hours.

    4. Le Noyer comes from a period when I was trying to ‘calm’ my painting down, after all the chaotic scribbles & expressionistic experimantation of the Cele Valley rock series( I blogged this period comprehensively here in this blog). I was looking back to one of my very favourite painters, Claude Lorrain. Will post about this later.In some ways, Le Noyer might be considered to be a piece ‘in the style of Lorrain’ It has a classic feelto it & looks great hanging next to old furniture.

    5. Le Noyer was painted by consciously applying my ‘ONLY ONE DOMINANT COLOUR’ recipe, where you paint a painting with a (very) dominant colour, so that it is almost monochrome. Other than the blue of the sky & the white of the moon, the only other colour peeking out of the green/dark green scheme is the hint of bronze in the leaves of the walnut tree. Walnut leaves have a bronze tint whne they they come out in spring time.

    6.They also have a bright yellow fungus that grows on their barks, which looks almost luminesscent in certain bright sunlights against a clear blue winter sky, which is the subject of ‘wlanuts & brambles’.

    Hope this helps
    yours confused as ever
    adam the multi-styled

  3.  by  Adam Cope

    Hi again Casey,

    sorry to be pedantic as I do hear your perfectly valid questioning.


    I quote of the sidebar of my blog, from ‘my blog project’


    Strikes me that Le Noyer is a good example of …”Not all my paintings fit into the ‘painting a day’ blog format however. Sometimes one of them will develop into a larger & slower painting.”

    and that walnuts & brambles is a 30 x 40 alla prima plein-air blog project piece:

    ” my BLOG PROJECT : Small-sized oil paintings, mostly 40 x 30 cms (roughly 12″ x 16″), which are for sale at a flat price of 150 €uros /110 £ Sterling / 220 $ US .”

  4.  by  Adam Cope

    Actually Casey 🙂

    apart from all this (tedious) defensive tirade, I was actually thinking to myself recently – what relationship my pleinair to my still-lives???

    any ideas?

    I’m going to have to do more still-lives & studio work from now onwards, as my family commitments have changed recently, with me now doing alot more of the childcare & school runs for our two young children (2 & 4& half years). I’m glad to do this but I’m no longer so time-rich, so plein-air becomes more difficult. Plus I’ve got to fix the leaking roof, which is a big job. I’d like to be time-rich enough to do ‘a painting a day’ but whne that compacts with my lack of discipline plus my doubts/confusion… well, I do what I do. TEMPUS FUIGIT.