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Oil, knife painting on canvas board
12 × 9 in.
scanned: 600 dpi
June 11, 2012
Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition,
June 2012

Knife, oil painting, translating a photograph, by Mark Richards, of rural Oxfordshire, England (see credit, below). Using various knife techniques, I was able to bring texture and life to the painted scene. It was a challenge and joy to paint.

I was taken by the beauty of this rolling land, and the purple hills in the distance, the gorgeous blue sky, worn path, and livestock gate.

In Texas, we call these cattle guards. Oxfordshire has a sheep on its coat of arms; so perhaps this is a sheep guard. On Chincoteague (Island), Virginia, they are for wild horses, so that they don’t trot into town; not that that wouldn’t cause some excitement. I’ve alway loved gates such as these, because it doesn’t get more “country” than this.

“Rural Oxfordshire” was started and finished during Solo Exhibition’s – Landscape and Light Workshop, under a written contract with Mark Richards, and with great support from fellow participants. Mark’s photograph, my reference, is below.

View of Rural Oxforshire –
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
by Mark Richards

Thank you, Mark!


2013-04-10 in Southern United States Artists


  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 2 years ago

    You’ve created a wonderful scene from Mark’s photo, Frannie! Makes me want to wander into it…
    :) :) :)

  • I couldn’t ask for more than that, Mieke. Thank you and for all your support of the artists in the workshop.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Outstanding work.

  • Really appreciate you stopping by to comment, Julie. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago


  • You’re so quick and what a great reaction, Qnita! Thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 2 years ago

    great painting, great style

  • …and great compliment, Kerry. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 2 years ago

    Frannie, this is just lovely!! A great translation!

  • Barbara, I’m so glad to get this reaction from you. Many thanks.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    Such lovely work, Frannie!

  • Hi, Mel, glad you like it. I had a star of a photograph to inspire me! Thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 2 years ago

    beautiful work frannie, you have the english colours so well, although at the moment, its all blues and greys and flooded. Our summer has not happened, the Jet Stream has sunk southwards and brought cold wet weather. Your lovely painting is a reminder of what it should be, a really brilliant translation of Mark’s lovely photograph.

  • Linda, we’ve had similar weather on the Atlantic seaboard, here, a series of storms throughout May and June have kept it mostly cooler. What a great thing to know about the colors of the English countryside! Thanks for telling me. That’s just wonderful. Thank you so much, Linda!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 2 years ago

    It is amazing how you created this Frannie with knife painting… I love it!!

  • I’m so happy to hear that you “love it”, Mark. Makes my day. You make such beautiful photographs and this one made me want to be there. Thus the straight-forward translation. The knife was the twist. Thanks for stopping in to comment!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeover 2 years ago

    I love this work Frannie. It has got power and style. The knife application is wonderfully well executed. The blue in the gate makes such a beautiful and appealing addition to the landscape!

  • Beatrice, that makes me so happy, as I know you are an oil painter (as well as now, watercolor). I like the blue in the gate too. Rather than a gray gleam on the steel, it seemed right to reflect the sky. Thank you for your encouraging remarks on this, Beatrice, throughout the process.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingover 2 years ago

    Such beauty! You made this serene vista crackle with life. The rocks, the shadows…the depth of the scene, all amazing. Wow, Frannie. this is wonderful!

  • Robin, it’s great that sound is such an important part of your sensory experience in visual art. I’m delighted you like this, Robin, and happy too that I have inspired you to try out knife painting yourself. Thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

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