On Boxing Day I managed to get the family's permission to escape to paint whilst they went for a long walk on the Malvern Hills.
Wiltshire, where I live, has a dearth of Silver Birch, trees which I often long to paint but there are some around Malvern and on the hills, so at last I got to paint some against a backdrop of colourful rocks in an old quarry.
|Trees above a Quarry|
I'd started the painting above then needing a break, leaving the easel and gear in situ I drove off for 10mins to warm up and recharge my phone battery. When I got back an elderly man and child (about 10yrs old) were standing at my easel, more of their family waiting nearby. "She wants to know how to paint trees." he said, so I gladly gave a 3 minute or so an explanation on 'How to best paint trees', feeling at the same time my example on the easel wasn't quite good enough. However, the girl listened so attentively I sensed that she really wanted to learn.
Who knows she may even become a painter one day :)
|From a different position, looking west towards Wales, houses can be seen far below.|
|A very fast sketch of trees and shadows against the steep cliff face|
And a view of the Malvern hills from a field at Hanley Castle
(in summer, done a couple of years ago).