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Trees please!

"Paint what you love" is something you hear a lot when starting out in art. It makes sense. After all, if you're going to spend hours staring at something, examining every detail, how differing light angles work and so on, it helps if it's something you at least like. With that in mind, you will never, ever see a painting by me of a spider!

It does stand to reason then, that as I spend such a large amount of my time outside with my horses, that the surrounding landscape is of interest. Being based in the Surrey Hills means I have a wonderful vista of rolling green hills and woodlands to feast my eyes on. Whenever I travel somewhere flatter like East Anglia, or bereft of trees, like the moors, the first question on my lips is "where are all the trees?"
No, a spinney of 3 trees in a 1000 acre field doesn't count!

So it comes as no surprise that trees often crop up in my paintings when I go for a landscape. The shape and structure, beautiful bark details and the ever changing story of the passing seasons all add interest.

I thought I would share a favourite view of mine. Every evening, I like to take a few minutes to enjoy the sun setting behind this beautiful oak. Every night seems to bring a new colour. One of these days I'll get around to painting it.....

Meanwhile back to my paintings with a heavy tree lined influence in...... Summer hacks.......

Long shadows.....

and misty mornings

I have a feeling there will be many more to come.


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