An old cherry tree supports a climbing rose in a garden. This small painting was inspired by an old ornamental tree in my parents slightly neglected garden. Visiting one day, I saw fairy rings had appeared in the lawn, along with other fungi. It struck me there was a painting there, so I set-to sketching it. This painting is the result.
The colour scheme reflects a dull, but clear autumn day in an enclosed garden. There is a richness to it, with the vibrant red of the roses, the autumn leaves and more touches of red, such as the red of the Robin, standing out against the dark of the shrubs behind. The Robin sits in the tree keeping an eye on us, while a black pheasant sneaks quietly into the border near the lone red and white fungi. Along with the plants in the border, this little oil painting, on canvas board, is filled with detail to delight the eye.
It's often the plants that struggle we grow most fond of, don't we, as they battle with a lack of light or poor soil as these two do. You can almost see the rose appealing for more light. I'm currently waiting for spring, which is almost upon us (thankfully), when the cherry will do its best to blossom – I think there will be a painting there again!