Thursday, 30 June 2011

Round the Old Oak Tree

I've been fiddling about with this watercolour for a few weeks but I'm now calling it finished.
This is an oak tree from up in the mountains and is part of an old forest, but I prefered to paint it standing on it's own.  The trees cling to the side of the hill, spreading and twisting their roots and the footpath winds around and between the trees.
 On this particular walk we went through an ancient grove of giant hollies, very dark and spooky and just the place to go looking for faeries and little people. (Yes I know my imagination's running away with me....again!)

18 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

It is lovely, Cathy. I like how you play the greens against the purples, and I LOVE the tree shape.

christina said...

its beautiful!! I love the violets in it!

Denise said...

Beautiful RICH colors! What an inspiration that tree is!

Sandy in Michigan said...

I never get tired of seeing your beautiful trees. Thanks for posting them!

bettyfromtexas said...

It's GORGEOUS!! Your trees are an inspiration . . . more, please!!!

whatidoisme said...

Gorgeous :)
Sue

Sarah Melling said...

Really gorgeous...old trees have such amazing character, and you've captured it beautifully!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Great imagery...and a beautiful painting! You make it look easy (and I know watercolor is not)!

freebird said...

Beautiful! I can see how fairies or elves or other wee peoples would love to hide around the oak roots here.

debra morris said...

Lovely work Cathy

kazumiwannabe said...

The colors and the play of light on the trunk are perfect!

Ellen Burkett said...

This is just gorgeous! I especially like the shadows of the branches falling over the roots. Perfect!

Ann said...

Beautiful! Looks like just the spot for a picnic!

frayedattheedge said...

A lovely watercolour ..... and I would be looking for little people too!!

Lucia B. said...

Beautiful! It doesn't seem to be a painting you have been working on for a long time, as it appears so fresh and with a pleasant transparency! I would have looked for "faeries and little people" just like you in such an incredible grove!

Alex said...

This looks awesome Cathy! I love it =)

Sue Pownall said...

This is a fantastic watercolour Cathy. great work!

Gillian said...

Just catching up - another lovely tree painting - you have some wonderfully gnarled specimens there on your island!

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