Essex Wood: July
So here is painting number seven in my Essex Wood project.
This big old oak tree is quite near the centre of the wood – in the spring it was in a clearing which was flooded with bluebells, but now the bracken and brambles have grown up high, and it is a much darker area. There is a bench just near it on which I sat to draw – you can see the bench in Essex Wood: April – and while I was sitting there two dogs came roaring down the path behind me, way ahead of their owner – a German Shepherd, and a sort of chestnut-y Pointer kind of dog, who jumped up and licked my ear in a friendly fashion! There is another little path that leads around the tree, but just seems to peter out in the bracken now, although earlier in the year you could walk through.
Just a reminder that the next exhibition with which I’m involved – Essex Women Artists at the Haylett’s Gallery – starts this Saturday, 23rd July, when it is open from 12 noon until 4.00pm. From then it is open Tuesday to Saturday each week from 10.00am – 5.00pm until the first weekend of September. The address is 2 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5PJ. There are about 15 women artists involved, showing paintings and prints, but also ceramics and sculpture so I’m really looking forward to it! If you are in the area do drop in and say hello! 🙂