There was no time to show you any progress on this painting untill it was completed. Early last week I got an email from Gale who runs the 303 Gallery in Martock, asking if I had any image that could be used in their promotion of their summer exhibition ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ (new artwork required in any case, not necessarily fitting the exhibition title, but work inspired by or appropriate to the title always appreciated). As it happened, I had had an idea about this one, but was busy with other stuff and it hadn’t got onto paper.
So with a week or so to go, I was promoted to get the picture that I had been pondering in my head out and onto paper. Not that it was going to help the galley’s promotional efforts in advance, but it was never going to get painted otherwise. This is not my usual time frame to work in!
So here you have – ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ – finished, framed and delivered to the gallery in under 9 days. Yes, I composed it to fit an old frame. it’s allowed.
This is the sketch – originally done on my tablet phone because I couldn’t quite get the composition together on paper.
The initial concept of the picture needs no further explanation when you see the notices posted on the tree:
And the work-in-progress, now on actual paper, with actual watercolour paint:
Finished painting, and some details: