A venerable oak

A venerable oak

I painted this venerable oak in Bushy Park from life. I wish I had done more of a close up to contentrate on the gnarled bark, because I found the whole tree quite a challenge – especially the change from heavy trunk to the airy leaves. It was painted sitting on the ground trying to hold an umbrella as the showers came over. I have discovered that dogs are art lovers. Every single dog which passed came to have a look and one even drank my water flavoured with paynes grey and burnt umber.

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