In praise of peat - the finished painting.
I love peat bogs. Strange, wild, desolate, seemingly empty places. Although actually full of life. It's not the open views I like best, it's the detail. The surface of a bog is covered in an intricate mosaic of colourful plants, some of which are only found on peat.
I recently visited some bogs in south Cumbria - Foulshaw Moss and the Duddon Mosses, both National Nature Reserves. Inspired by what I saw there, (including an adder crossing a road), I started a bog painting - something I've been meaning to do for a long time.
Here is a gallery of the whole process of this painting, from peat bog visit to finished artwork.