Fields of Happiness

The Story Behind the Painting

Another painting from my 2018 Camino de Santiago, where I walked 900km from France and across Spain to the sea. This was close to the start on day 6 and gives you some idea of the beautiful scenery that you get to experience every single day.

I really enjoyed walking in the fantastic warm, sunny weather. Out of the whole 36 days I only had three small showers and one downpour happed while I was having lunch, so I just sat back and watched it happen. Let me show you some of what I experienced along the way.

My favourite colour, Yellow

My Painting Process

Well this painting was trying to capture the vast landscape of fields blowing in the wind and the long winding roads that were common on the camino.

Along the edge of the fields were a nice collection of wild flowers in a rainbow of colours, which were typical along the way.

I got so consumed in this painting I forgot to stop and take photos of the progression, which happens occasionally.

Here I’m using my finest brushes to paint the grain stalks and the many daisies around the camino marker.

Another fun part to this painting was all the gravel, I did this with my stippling brush by flicking paint onto the paper to simulate the stones. After this I used and almost dry brush to create some dirt on the track.

Some other fine details were the people walking down the gravel track and a few more in the distance.

A close up of the daisies and the camino marker with the two camino symbols the shell and the yellow arrow. You are always on the lookout for either of them to guide you along the way to Camino de Santiago.

Finished artwork ready for framing and a good memory from walking across Spain in 2018. I’m sure I will have many more artworks from this fantastic trip, which is one of the best things I’ve done in my life.

Framed artwork, which is ready for its forever home and a good memory for anyone that has hiked the Camino de Santiago.

Gouache and Watercolour Paper

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have experienced and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

7 Comments on “Fields of Happiness

  1. A fabulous painting. I love the depth you achieved in the image. And well done for completing the walk. One of our favourite movies is “The Way” with Martin Sheen. Have you seen it? It’s about the Camino de Santiago, which is why I mention it.


    • That’s the movie that started it all for me back in 2013 I trained mum up for a year then we completed a quarter of it together.
      I went back in 2018 and started it from the beginning of the French route and completed it again with some of my dads ashes. So I can say I’ve walked it with mum and dad now.
      I rewatched the movie only two weeks ago with a friend that was asking about it.
      Also thank you for your kind works. Be prepared for a blog overload as I have to catch up on 10 blogs for next week’s deadline

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  2. Great memories Chris, almost feel the sun on your back as you walk along


  3. Comparing the actual photos with your painting, I believe you captured the overall beauty and feel of the landscape. It sounds like the multi-day hike was a wonderful experience for you!


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