This City of York painting shows one of the many distinct roads leading to it's centre. Like many of the approaches to the historic heart of this town, the Minster can be seen for miles before you arrive.
York is a beautiful city in the middle of the biggest county in the UK, Yorkshire. It is best known for its ancient architecture and long history, alternatively called Jorvik (Viking) and Eboracum (Roman). What's not always recognised is the amount of trees lining numerous roads, filling the city parks and enriching the banks along the river Ouse – a walk worth doing should you visit.
I have several plans to make more paintings of aspects of the city I know so well and they will often be filled with trees, like this oil painting.
Rich with detail on softly modelled foliage and full of summer sunshine, lighting leaves and casting shadows, the oil painting reflects a warm summers day. Despite the city all around, a blackbird perches in a tree while a squirrel scampers and birds fly overhead. This is the city I know and love.
Two details and an in progress picture hopefully give a sense of the painting's appearance.