This oil painting, completed on location, shows a group of Silver Birch trees on the boundary of a garden.
There's something about Silver Birch trees isn't there. With their white trunks and flickering leaves that dance in the slightest of breezes. Silver Birch look good at any time of year, with the beautiful white bark on their trunks and graceful slightly drooping habit of growth. They're often slender and tall too, which adds to the relaxed tranquility they seem to create.
I'd been looking for an opportunity to study trees in their setting, when I came across this group. Surprisingly challenging – and enriching because of it. They take some capturing. This is the second painting I've made from the same position, the first painting didn't quite cut-it, so I painted over it.
It would be worthwhile revisiting the spot in Winter, Spring and Autumn. It might make a good series. I'd also like to make a studio artwork based on this location painting, putting in the little visitors that all too quickly crept in and out of view.
This little location painting glows with light and breeziness. It sits well in any scheme, whether modern or more traditional, especially in a double hand painted frame.