John Barleycorn

 

Commissioned by David Thompson, outgoing Master of The Worshipful Company of Brewers 2011-12.

John Barleycorn is an English folksong celebrating the transformation of barley to beer: you can hear some versions here.



 

Barleycorn WEB 


oil on canvas , 610mm x 610mm



studio, outdoors & indoors



Field Shot Copy

Source : a field of autumn sown barley or 'winter barley' near Ely.
With thanks to Keith Ladson




Malting B.study Copy 2

Oil study made on the spot in bright sun




Barleystudydetail

detail



Barleydrawing

drawing of stem structure



2&6 Row Barley


The two main forms of barley: six seed rows (left) used for animal feed
& two row (right) used for malting. Malting barley is generally longer

in the ear and I think more beautiful. Walking through a field of malting
barley is like walking safely through a sea - a wonderful experience. 
For another barley field painting 
click here.




Barley HDR

High dynamic range (HDR) composition photo in which, unlike
a conventional photo,
 both light and dark colours are correctly exposed.
These colours are a closer match to the colours we see than is possible 
witha single exposure. This compound image was used to select
and clarify colour distribution for the painting. 




Screen Shot 2013-01-03 At 18.59.40

Two sample digital selections: left with browns, right without. 





Barleystages

Build up of paint layers in the studio




Framerworkshop

Trevor Disley, guilder and frame maker outside his Essex workshop




Barley Framer

Fitting a frame designed to help incorporate
the picture into a modern wood panelled interior.



Barleyandframe



The painting is now installed in The Brewers' Hall, headquarters of
The Worshipful Company of Brewers in The City of London.


Brewershall Larger2

                                                        photo with permission 



Cheers!