|20 x16" plein air oil on canvas.|
The bluebells are again magnificent in Burton Bushes, Beverley. The morning forecast was for sun and little wind, so off I went to complete this oil painting, started yesterday, election day. Today, the day after the election, and a somewhat surprising outcome, a Conservative victory that many had not predicted. The woodland provided a refuge from the news and George enjoyed exploring all the pathways running backwards and forwards and getting excited. After his walk he was content to stay in the car, meaning I could return to finish the painting. The wood is full of sounds, chaffinches, bluetits, robins and wrens, with crows in the distant background calling out. A pair of large mistle thrushes chattered from a high perch on an old oak tree. One carrying twigs which I thought strange at this time. The bluebells are particularly fine, many in full flower with plenty still to open. At this point, not too far from the northern entrance, I saw and spoke to many dog walkers, grandparents with grandsons, and briefly with the occasional jogger. It is a magical place at this time. So here I am painting the bluebells again, seems appropriate on this day.
Hope it gives you an idea what it is like.
The Garden Gallery, basically a small exhibition at home continues until the end of June 2015. Details here.