This is 'Anticipation', watercolour, 19.5 x 11" (49 x 30 cm).
This is a scene from my local woodland which I have long admired and wanted to paint. All the elements fascinate me: the yellow cornfield at left, the silver birch stand in the distance, the beautiful beech trees, the sunlight and shadow and the tangle of branches against the sky. In reality you can barely see the sky for the branches here but a bit of simplification has produced a view which looks like what I see in my mind's eye when I stand at this spot.
I walk here most days with my dog, and I usually make a point of passing this spot: a railway line, now disused and removed, used to pass through the view in the shallow gulley just behind the person. Incidentally, the person is not me although the dog is Zena with her colour changed to make her stand out against the autumn leaves.
I've waited a long time to paint this scene - I've been planning it for months - and I absolutely love the result. It's still on my board where I can see it as at this point I cannot bear to take it off and store it in my folder!
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.