I love winter trees. Their stunning fractal forms split the sky into tiny shards. Subtle tones of browns and grey greens scream out for me to grab the water colour box. My technique is simple, paint first, expressive and free, then fine line pen around all the brush stokes to lift the from the page (not literally).
In this collection i have mostly painted the same group of trees repeatedly from my window. It’s not the cold that keeps me indoors, it’s either too wet or too windy. I’m very fortunate to see some wonderful trees out of the kitchen and bedroom windows at the back of my house. It doesn’t get boring painting the same scene. There are so many complex forms to look at and a small change in position alters the composition. The brush strokes range from gentle to wild depending upon my mood. Each piece is a series combination of quick decisions. The trickiest thing is to know when to stop painting and i never like it much until the pen is finished.
The paintings are named after women who begin with the letter J. Naming is a necessity because it’s too difficult to describe one from another.
Winter trees are size A3, cost £65 and each pieces comes ready to hang with a lovely quality beech veneer frame. This is a great entry level price for an original work, it may be worth a lot more in the future! If you have a larger wall space and would like a group of three or four i can do a bit of discount.
Whether you wish to buy one or not, i urge you to have a go at this technique. Paint confidently – mistakes are only marks that you didn’t expect and will look great when finished. The pen bit should takes longer than the painting and is very therapeutic. Follow the brush strokes religiously and be comfortable with you decisions.