Monday, 21 May 2018

Sentinel: Danebury Hillfort

Sentinel, oil on linen, 70 x 50 cm
I've painted this beech tree before, but this time it is in leaf, and more of the lumps and bumps of the hillfort's earthworks are visible.

The tree stands, tall, proud and solitary, by the entrance to the fort (here, we are looking out of the fort). It made me think of a guardian or sentinel.

Sentinel
oil on linen, 70 x 50 cm
£250
Painted 19 May 2018 in Open Studio

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Rooted in Prehistory: Beech Wood at Danebury Hill

Rooted in Prehistory: Beech Wood at Danebury Hill, oil on canvas, 40x50cm

Earlier this week, I visited Danebury Hil, where there is a large, well preserved, iron-age hill fort. There is also a very lovely beech wood on the side of the hill. Here, the beech trees are growing over the outer ramparts of the fort, their shallow root systems rising from the ground as the trees cling to the earthworks.

The painting is based on photographs that I took at Danebury.

Rooted in Prehistory: Beech Wood at Danebury Hill
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
£190


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Blue Twist (Wolverton Blue 3)

Blue Twist (Wolverton Blue 3), oil on linen, 46 x 38 cm
Last Friday, I revisited Wolverton Woods to catch the end of the bluebells. I was attracted by the fantastic contortions of the large beech tree that became the focus of this painting.


Blue Twist
oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm
£160