Ahoy there! This painting celebrates the poetry of the shipping forecast, a great British institution. As well as prints, available here, I also have greetings cards, coasters, and tea towels of this award-winning painting!
High quality poster/print of an original painting on 200gsm archival quality paper, printed with UV stable inks and signed by the artist. Comes to you wrapped and rolled in a sturdy postal pack. Price includes P&P to UK addresses.
Choose either A1 size 594 x 841mm or A2 420 x 594mm
People just love the woods. Woods and forest seem like a places of sanctuary to me. Pinsley Woods near Church Hanborough, Oxfordshire, is the closest woodland to my home in Eynsham. It is a much-loved relic of the ancient Forest of Wychwood. It was still being coppiced in the 18th century, but now it’s nature reserve and is well-known locally for its springtime bluebell gorgeousness.
Pinsley boasts exceptional biodiversity – plant species such as wood anemones, dogroses, violets and foxgloves, as well as birds: goldcrests, jays, barn owls, tits and woodpeckers. Large mammals like roe deer and muntjacs are commonplace, and although I have never seen them, I suspect badgers too.
My painting depicts a highly stylised thunderstorm approaching the woods from the east, with heavy rain lashing down from billowing black clouds. A bolt of lightning strikes a tree. The clouds are painted with reference to The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, whose lively visual language I find exceptionally appealing. The swirling clouds in the sky always take me back to wheeling swirls of van Gogh’s Starry Nights.
The crows, startled by the thunder, rise from the canopy on the left of the painting, which is still in sunshine.
I spotted a big brown hare in a field margin just outside our village. I'd gone out to admire the hawthorn blossom and cow parsley in the verges, but this lovely creature made my day!
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I also have greetings cards of this painting.