Oil on Board, 9 x 12 inches
I did this en plein air a few weeks ago and have only just got around to finishing it off in the studio. I finished off the bulk of the massive Beech in the foreground, but realised I had bitten off more than I could chew in the two hours spent on site, with the fishing-line tangle of branches in the upper section.
February is never the most colourful of months, apart from when there's a good frost or layer of snow on the ground, but this spot offered a good composition after driving around for as while, looking for inspiration. The main hook was the lovely light on the foreground Beech, with that great bough growing over the road, with those branch shadows describing its form.
I may have overworked it a little, but I do love painting enough of the tree branches to do it justice.