Oaks

Paintings of a single tree in a field near West Bergholt, Essex, made over three years. Smaller pieces were made outdoors, larger ones in the studio using outdoor colour studies and analysed digital images.

In his book "Nature Cure" Richard Mabey has this to say about writing "...I believe that language and imagination, far from alienating us from nature, are our most powerful and natural tools for re-engaging with it... Culture isn't the opposite or contrary of nature. It's the interface between us and the non-human world, our species' semi-permeable membrane."*

I think the same can be said for painting.

 

For more see "Oaks in The Senses".

  vertigooakvsmall.jpg
click images   Oak, Vertigo, Shoreditch, London.

big-oak-thumbnail.jpg

Oak, wood pigeon, elm sapling and oil seed rape

1550mm x 1150mm

swallows-11am-thumbnail.jpg

Swallows at 11am

1020mm x 1020mm

swallows-9pm-thumbnail.jpg

Swallows at 9pm

1020mm x 1020mm

flock-of-pigeons-thumbnail.jpg

Flock of pigeons

910mm x 660mm

oak-at-night-thumbnail.jpg

Oak at night

910mm x 660mm

blue-tit-foraging-thumbnail.jpg

Blue tit foraging pollard branch

1010mm x 760mm

oilseedrapeLionessstudysmall_000.jpg

 

spm-thumbnail.jpg

oak-greens-thumbnail.jpg

Oil seed rape (Lioness)

300mm x 300mm

Semi-Permeable Membrane

8 images with texts 100mm x 100mm

Above and below leaf greens

300mm x 300mm

oak-and-crows-thumbnail.jpg

Oak and Crows

300mm x 300mm

oak-after-snow-thumbnail.jpg

Oak after snow

300mm x 300mm

oak-and-wheat-thumbnail.jpg

Oak and wheat

300mm x 300mm

oak-at-night-in-winter-thumbnail.jpg

Oak on a winter night

300mm x 300mm

oak-in-early-spring-thumbnail.jpg

Oak in early spring

300mm x 300mm

oak-on-a-summers-night-thumbnail.jpg

Oak on a summers night

300mm x 300mm

sos1-thumbnail.jpg

Damsel flies

183mm x 130mm

sos2-thumbnail.jpg

Midsummer night

183mm x 130mm

sos3-thumbnail.jpg

Wheat under cloud

183mm x 130mm

sos4-thumbnail.jpg

Moonrise

183mm x 130mm

sos5-thumbnail.jpg

Flints

183mm x 130mm

sos6-thumbnail.jpg

No moonlight

183mm x 130mm

sos7-thumbnail.jpg

High altitude jet

183mm x 130mm

sos8-thumbnail.jpg

Elm sapling

183mm x 130mm

sos9-thumbnail.jpg

Cut hedge

183mm x 130mm

sos10-thumbnail.jpg

Spring haze

183mm x 130mm

sos11-thumbnail.jpg

Caravan

183mm x 130mm

sos12-thumbnail.jpg

Barley stubble

183mm x 130mm

sos13-thumbnail.jpg

Green fire

183mm x 130mm

sos14-thumbnail.jpg

Blanket

183mm x 130mm

sos15-thumbnail.jpg

Reg harvesting barley

183mm x 130mm

sos16-thumbnail.jpg

Blackbirds

183mm x 130mm

sos17-thumbnail.jpg

Oil seed rape for petrol

183mm x 130mm

sos18-thumbnail.jpg

Rape seedlings

183mm x 130mm

sos19-thumbnail.jpg

Oak painted without artificial light

183mm x 130mm

sos20-thumbnail.jpg

Man walking dog

183mm x 130mm 

 
 



 "I had not expected to see that, when placed next to each other, each oak study would look so distinct that they appeared to be different trees. They made me think about the ways in which they
 were the same tree."

From Oak: one tree, there years, fifty paintings. Stephen Taylor, Princeton Architechtural Press 2011.


 

 

Oak Dr WEBFRNT

Visible Branches
drawing

760mm x 560mm

 

 

 

* Extract from "Nature Cure" by Richard Mabey. Published by Chatto & Windus. Reprinted by permission of The Random House Group.