Oil painting on panel 5x7". Available from Newbloodart online gallery
If you're already following me on Instagram then you may have seen this painting there, which I painted back in March. I was fooled by looking out at the strong sunshine into thinking it would be warm, but there was a bitter easterly breeze which really froze my fingers by the end of it.
Last time I painted this subject in Orleans House Woods, was in January, and I was painting with the sun behind me. I opted to paint into the sun this time as I loved the light streaming through the green foliage on the ground.
Now - surely you can't paint spring without a fair amount of bright green, I actually went crazy and used a bit of pthalo green for this painting (for those of you who haven't used it it's a scarily highly pigmented green which can easily contaminate all your colours if you leave just a tiny bit on your brush!).
Painting trees is time consuming, and I ran out of time to complete this outdoors, so finished off the left hand trees at home from memory.
I am a realist painter, working in oils, painting landscape and still life.