When I walk through the woods with Elsa in the winter it’s always slightly warmer among the trees, during the summer it’s always cooler and the leafy canopy above means we get rained on less. I take photos of birds in the trees, bees, butterflies and insects on the leaves and if I look closely, I usually find a face in the bark.
They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide a habitat for animals, birds and insects, provide shade and shelter, timber for house building and furniture, fuel for heating, fruit and nuts to eat and sticks for dens. TREES ARE BRILLIANT
Inspired by my recent floral painting course I decided to try another class and signed up for ‘Trees in Four Seasons’. Trees are structurally beautiful and provide unlimited inspiration for painting, even during the winter months. This is what I produced from the first session: “WINTER”It’s not always easy to photograph artwork indoors given the poor light and often overcast British weather, so I took the canvases out to the woods and made my own little art installation.This is my favourite, probably because the canvas is an unusual size and the blue background worked better in my opinion; a proper winter scene.
(Acrylic on canvas 100 x 30 cm)
As always I have far too many projects on the go. I need to complete this course; there are three other seasons after all. Yesterday I bought a bunch of huge beautiful peonies and I’m itching to go back to the Abstract Florals class and have a go at painting them …. but I couldn’t help myself, I’m working on something new and very exciting. More to follow soon
Earlier this year I collected fallen branches from the woods so I could make a Christmas stick tree again. My last effort was made from big branches and it was VERY heavy, so this time I was more selective! (Yes, I am that woman with leaves and twigs in her hair, seen dragging things back to the van!) This year I was determined to be more successful!
I was so lucky to find the little hearts and stars in a charity shop and they were perfect for the tree. I also bought some new lights (such a great price, from B&Q).
It looks so pretty all lit up at night and I’m definitely going to keep this one for next year too. It’s amazing what you can do with a pile of sticks!
My favourite place to walk our dog has to be the woods. Walking under the canopy of leaves is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I could stroll for hours taking photographs of birds or picking up leaves.
On some of my walks I’ve found some beautiful skeleton leaves and have taken them home and pressed them in a big heavy book. Recently I went through my collection and framed some of my favourites.
The skeletons have been highlighted with a sprinkling of glitter and mounted onto acid-free card. All available to buy in my newly opened Etsy shop