June 2010 -Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70cm (19.68 x 27.56 inches)
After the last painting I needed to do something slightly freer. For ages I have been wanting to paint the experience of being in the forest. On a hot day in early summer there is a sensation of other wordliness as you are in the still coolness, created by the canopy of fresh green, vibrant with the sunlight filtering through. The carpet of dry leaves & the velvety mosses seem to absorb all sound other than birdsong.
There are fallen trees in various states of decay which create microcosms for various plants, insects & fungi. Close to streams you find beautiful ferns. Sometimes it can seem hard to believe that these sorts of places do still exist – I hope they don’t become just fairy tales & myths.
Aside from deforestation by felling, with the planet warming up beech forest is going to be declining at lower altitudes .