This watercolour is a vibrant depiction of lime green fields and trees formed from washes of colour overlaid with broad bands of green stripes and ink blots depicting rows of vegetables growing in fields. It uses soft edges and fresh colours to portray a landscape not far from the artist's home.
Mitchell states that "painting out of doors holds for me a unique and compulsive excitement. In Britain the sheer discomfort of cold, wind and rain add an urgency to the brush not to be found in the studio. In the tropics, the pleasure of working in warm conditions is a welcome change, whilst flamboyant colours and dramatic contrasts of bright sun and deep shade present very different subjects from the soft light and gentle subtlety of Northern climes. Knowing that the landscape might suddenly vanish in a downpour, or the flower reach full bloom and drop, gives me a sense of immediacy on which I thrive".
Margaret "Maggie" Lascelles (née Mitchell) was born in 1942 in Edinburgh, and was evacuated to Bermuda during World War Two. She studied Art at Dartington Hall Art Centre in Devon, Edinburgh College of Art and Dundee College of Art. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Edinburgh and her work is featured in private collections worldwide. She currently lives in Glenfarg Perthshire. She has painted all over the world, and particularly enjoys painting outdoors.
With thanks to The Carlton Gallery for information about this artist.