Having been busy with a commission recently - which was unusual as it was a pen and ink drawing of an unbuilt project - there hasn't been much time for anything else. However I have just finished another work featuring my favourite birch trees, this time in summer hues. Only winter left to go now!
There's been a distinct change in the air over the last week and it's dark when I get up now. The autumnal vibe has clearly influenced this collage of birch trees - a much bigger version of the four little ones I did earlier in the year. I feel it needs something leafy in the foreground, but apart from that, near finished now.
For a change I've moved onto dry land and into the woods, and made a start on this smaller 'heading into autumn' painting. Lots of work still needed on grass, ferns and branches, and the low sun filtering through the branches. Going for a heavier impasto than the generally 'smooth' style I've been favouring recently.
Hard not to be inspired by all the lovely autumnal colours around at the moment. This is a "sort of" beech, if it's botanical accuracy you want, this is not the artwork you're looking for.
There's always one leaf on the tree defiantly hanging on to the previous season. Flying in the face of fashion.