I spend a lot of time in the woods, I would anyway as I love their peace and tranquility but with three dogs it's a given. I'm lucky that I have a lot of varied woodland near me, native oaks, beeches, soft woods and my favourite Silver Birch. We planted one in our garden a few years ago and it is magnificent already with its beautiful, paper like peeling bark.
This painting explores a theme I return to on a regular basis, the layers that make up a woodland, both seen and unseen. From the musky rotted leaves at our feet to the barely visible canopy above. Birdsong from invisible birds, the trails of animals; deer, badgers, foxes, rabbits... there is so much that we can experience and envisage.
To recreate this in an artwork I work with layers, and add and subtract with paint, palette knife, sanding, peeling etc. Sometimes this is obvious, sometimes I end up with a more conventional looking painting that hides it's history.
Abstract Woodland #2 has layers of text, antique music, and richly textured paint, there are glimpses of the previous layers visible in places.
34cm x 34cm
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