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.
oil on canvas , 610mm x 610mm
Source : a field of autumn sown barley or 'winter barley' near
With thanks to Keith Ladson
Oil study made on the spot in bright sun
drawing of stem structure
The two main forms of barley: six seed rows (left) used for
& two row (right) used for malting. Malting barley is
in the ear and I think more beautiful. Walking through a
field of malting
barley is like walking safely through a sea - a wonderful
For another barley field painting click here.
High dynamic range (HDR) composition photo in
a conventional photo, both light and dark colours are
These colours are a closer match to the colours we see than
witha single exposure. This compound image was used
and clarify colour distribution for the painting.
Two sample digital selections: left with browns, right
Build up of paint layers in the studio
Trevor Disley, guilder and frame maker outside his Essex
Fitting a frame designed to help incorporate
the picture into a modern wood panelled interior.
The painting is now installed in The Brewers' Hall, headquarters
The Worshipful Company of
Brewers in The City of London.
photo with permission