Findings from the Wood: March – making a start

By Sally Pudney on 7th April 2016

I’ve been so busy with work for the Lexden Arts Festival over the past week, there has been precious little time to do anything else! But I did make a start yesterday afternoon – rather belatedly, I admit! – on the ‘small’ March painting for my Essex Wood project.  Yes, I know it’s now April . . .

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I got some subtle background colour on the board, before tracing down the drawings of the foxes skull, some rather good lichen covered twigs, and a section of fallen oak bark, and this afternoon I started painting.

I’m not worried about the fact that I’m a bit behind with this project. Last year exactly the same thing happened – the Festival took over all my time, and I remember I was painting ‘From my April garden’ when it was nearly the end of May! Fortunately I had picked the flowers and done the drawings in the right month! So. This month of April I shall make sure I do my visit to the wood and collect all the materials I need, and then I shall get to work when the Festival is over, and will soon catch up again. I just need it to stop raining for a few days so that I can walk round the wood without having to squelch through deep mud . . .

Outside my studio window my magnolia Stellata ‘Leonard Messell’ is a putting on a lovely show of flowers, and the rest of the garden is full of blossom and primroses and hellebores.

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I am watching the bluebells under the silver birch tree to see when their flowers start to open, as I imagine that that will be the time when the bluebells come out in ‘my’ wood, and I really don’t want to miss them! Either the big April painting, or the big May painting must show the bluebells!

What a lovely time of the year this is – Happy Spring! 🙂



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