The Red Tree

New painting, going into the 303 Gallery’s Christmas exhibition next week. The theme was ‘A Walk in the Woods’…I know, it’s a bit Glastonbury, but at the same point there are interesting environmental and horticultural lessons here to be learned about dandelions and why we should be careful about cutting down trees…

The Red Tree - painting in watercolour by Nancy Farmer
The Red Tree – painting in watercolour by Nancy Farmer
Detail of Dragon
Detail of Dragon


Detail of Dandelions
Detail of Dandelions

I’m a fan of Dandelions, and they are good for the soil – but what you see is the mere tip… of the dandelion. This is why they are good for the soil, but of course this is also why they are so very difficult to get rid of, like a self-respecting weed should be.

A foolhardy woodcutter
A foolhardy woodcutter

Below is the original sketch for the painting – the painting is watercolour, but the sketch was digital, worked up on my tablet which I am finding sometimes useful for composing paintings which are a little tricky to get right. And this one was tricky – it is a very simple composition but the cross-section through the ground meant that the more I tried to draw it the more it eluded me on paper. The tablet is very quick for a rough sketch and allows for a rapid re-arranging of different elements of a composition until it works. It’s not so good for fine detail.

Digital sketch for the painting
Digital sketch for the painting


  1. Ohhh. This is so good! Wonderful details.
    I love the colors, too.

    1. Thank you Mgon! and also for re-blogging 🙂

  2. Jill Wells

    Nancy this is wonderful. What an amazing idea. I love your work.

  3. I love this Reminds me of when you come across newts all curled up. (Asleep, not pissed). Only writ (drawn) large.

    1. Thanks! I’ve never found one of those… only toads. There’s an idea for a monster…

  4. Love the whole concept, feel, vibe! You are so talented.

    1. Thanks, Cathy 🙂

  5. Great image, Nancy

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