last day of October

Enjoying autumn colours and gathering ideas and images for a new set of paintings on an afternoon walk today from the studio. The trees, hedgerows and the autumn colours: And now trees are shedding their leaves so I’m looking at the pattern of the branches against the grey sky: These images brought to mind a painting I did in 2017, and which I saw recently hanging in a lovely cottage not too far from here (it looked very pleasing). So here is that one: Related Images:

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We Cannot Say… painting

‘We Cannot Say We Were Not Warned’ Click images to see a larger size, and click the arrows to go on or back Oil paint and cold wax medium on canvas, 30x120cm The title is from an article by Astra Taylor, in which she talks about her book Democracy may not exist but we’ll miss it when it’s gone: www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/bad-ancestors-climate-crisis-democracy And her documentary film, What Is Democracy? https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/what-is-democracy-film-astra-taylor Related Images:

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World Environment Day

5th June “It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/ https://www.worldenvironmentday.global Today I’ve collected and replanted 3 little oak trees. These were seedlings from last autumn’s acorns, growing in my vegetable plots. They’ll be planted out in the woodland in October. Trees help to combat global heating by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Our woodland was planted in December 2000, it’s now well-established and home to many wildlife. Related Images:

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Van Gogh trees

Van Gogh painted these weather-beaten pine trees six months before his death, during his stay in the Saint-Rémy hospital. He made 20 paintings and sketches of the pine trees in and around the asylum. Trees held a special resonance for Van Gogh and in numerous letters he expressed his belief in their spiritual and anthropomorphic qualities. Occasionally he saw his own state of being reflected in their fate and he found their strength and capacity to endure nature’s fury inspiring. (Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Victoria) This and more images at the Kroller-Muller Museum, Netherlands. Related Images:

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Bearah Tor trees

A walk to Bearah Tor on Bodmin Moor, not far from my studio. Very hot, each low hawthorn tree was providing shelter to a sheep with her lamb.  Stopped to make a few quick sketches on my phone pad (new to me – I like it, though it’s very small and maybe use a pointed tool rather than my finger)     Then in water colours.                                Back in the studio I made a series of small oil paintings:                     see the tree series      … Read More

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Notter Tor on Bodmin Moor

A morning walk on Bodmin Moor through woodlands to Notter Tor, the colours were beautiful – these will be on my palette for new paintings in the coming weeks: greys of granite and lichen, yellow-green of moss and crimson-pinks stonecrop, and of course the brilliant bluebells creating a carpet across the side of the tor and springing up amongst the boulders:             Related Images:

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