I know that I had seen some of Inshaw’s work in the past, and had liked its mellow Englishness, but it was not until I started living in a home with Inshaw prints on the wall, that I really started to know his work. As I sit here and write, I raise my eyes and I can see his cricketers and his badminton players. It is the painting of the cricketers, with the gently rolling Downs and the little copse of trees on the hillside which I like the best, because, although he actually painted it in Dorset, it is reminiscent of Wiltshire, where he spent so much time, and from where he seemed to draw so much inspiration.
Living in Wiltshire, and seeing the beauty of the landscapes all around me, I am reminded of Inshaw’s paintings all the time. If you care to spend some time, wandering the roads and byways I travel, then I shall share some to that lovely, quintessentially English countryside with you ….
The Road to Rudge (which I shall, one day, write more about), with its golden fields and its purple patch of Borage and Wild Heliotrope, is typical of the landscape around my home, and this is the land I drive through every day to get to work. Not a bad commute!
Looking down on the Vale of Pewsey, from Salisbury Plain, is like looking at your own private Inshaw painting, laid out before you, basking in the evening’s golden light.
I always thought that there was something surrealistic about the shed, dipping in the middle. Often, David Inshaw’s renderings of the real world have a surrealistic edge to them.
Sometimes I have to mentally pinch myself, just to be sure that I actually live here, in this splendid and beautiful land, which rolls gently around me. It’s like a place from a very lovely dream, which leaves you warm and glowing with contentment when you wake.
You can almost see Inshaw’s cricketers enjoying the sunshine of a lazy July afternoon. The hills and downs of the Alton Barnes area are Inshaw all over!
These lines and shapes could have been painted onto the beautiful Marlborough Downs.
This is another shot, taken near Avebury, in which I tried to emulate Mr Inshaw. I felt that the digger added a certain je ne sais pas quoi?!
And finally, the one which inspired this post … taken on Salisbury Plain this summer.
And if you would like to read about David Inshaw, and see many fine examples of his work, then I can recommend a visit here.
If you would like to explore the lovely landscapes of Wiltshire (and Devon!), as seen through the eyes of this wandering, wondering redhead, then please come and visit my Landscapes album on Flickr.
If you would like to purchase cards inspired by Wiltshire (and Devon, of course), please send me a message on my Facebook page.