I really enjoyed creating this one from ideas gleaned from stopping off at woods on my way home and thoughts of springtime wild flowers even though it was well into May. Hurrah for my natural history background that always seems to get into my work. It sort of created itself as I painted along, starting with the pair of central silver birch trees, then the idea of creating a 'dell' in the foreground for the wild flowers and somewhere along the process deciding on a pathway through the wood. The thought of the broken tree trunk on the right for the ivy arrived as I felt it was a little bland just petering the pathway off the canvas on the bottom right. Wonderful what imagination can do once you have the references and ideas in your head and heart.
Not the easiest of formats to work with, but by having full closeup detail at the bottom it seems to work.
Here's a photo of the wild flower detail in the foreground:
... and here's the complete work.
Now I am all packed ready to leave for Ruth's cottage by the sea to meet up with Anita for three full days sketching, chatting, sipping and just being girls!!!