Stouts Hill Apples – oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches
The apples are everywhere at the moment.
We found these on a walk through the grounds of Stout’s Hill, and old Cotswolds country house that we live next to.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many apples in one place, and they’re falling early this year – the ground was covered with them. Some were very small and deep red (this variety) and there were also cookers and a few other types.
But these were the ones that caught my eye. I was at the absolute extreme of chroma in the deep reds – quinachridone rose and permanent orange mixed together. It’s a colour quite unlike a standard cadmium red, it sings.
Stout’s Hill is an interesting place. Stephen Fry went to school there, when it was run as a boarding school many years ago. Before that, it was the country house of a family. It’s just been bought, and is about to become the country house of a family again.
I’m hoping they won’t mind me straying onto their land for the odd apple to paint in the future!
This little painting is up for auction until 20th September at 10PM UK time.
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