The tree collection
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Autumn Maples. These gorgeous trees are in Church wood, Bodnant Garden, the National Trust Garden, Conwy Valley, N.Wales, where we have had a gallery since 2004 (find out more about the Bodnant gallery).This was a particularly lovely year to paint them I thought because the colours, for whatever reason, were staggered and so some trees were still green where others were completely clothed in their ‘Saturday night’ finery. Giclee print 28cm x 40cm
Beeches. I have a thing about trees, as you may have noticed, as they are a part of so much of my work. They fascinate me at every season, but most particularly perhaps in winter where, as you can see through them, they make fantastic frames for the landscape. And more particularly you can see their different natures, like these beautiful slender tactile trunks of the winter beeches. (I was almost going to say feminine there …) Giclee print 40cm x 28cm
Bluebell Wood I love the promising freshness of the spring woodland – the yellow-green of the new leaves with all the optimism of looking forward to summer. And bluebells just perfectly compliment the scene. Now that they are no longer picked ( and I must hold my hand up as a child culprit, carrying a sheaf of bluebells home for my mum, partly for her and partly for the pleasure of easing the long stems with their white tips from the earth) we can see beautiful carpets of blue again. Had to sit on my natural inclination to paint every single bell on every single plant – I would still be painting it now. Giclee print 27cm x 40cm
Blaen Nantmor This was painted on 1st of January, after a gorgeous walk along the little lanes round the ’back’ of Beddgelert. We had the great good fortune to live on this lane for 17 years, in fact this was one of the walls around our rare breed farm – another life, another story - and apart from the rain (cf. the verdant moss on the stone wall!!) it was fantastic. Giclee print 28cm x 40 cm
Autumn Birches These graceful birches are in the woodland alongside the A5 at Capel Curig. I painted them after an awful wet summer, amazed because I didn’t think the autumn colours would be so strong. I was, however, pleased to be proved wrong ! Giclee print 28 x 40cm
love the optimism of the first yellow/green spring leaves and grass and also the spring flowers. This little dell had been fenced off from marauding sheep on the walk up to Abergwyngregyn waterfall and time seemed to stop still.
The river runs down by the side of the A5 from near Capel Curig to Betws-y-coed and onward affording an autumnal Aladdin’s cave of different colours in the deciduous trees that line its banks. I have painted a number of views along this stretch of the river and think that I’ve still got 300 + to do !
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