Serendipity by the river
Oil on streched linen | 35.5cm x 56cm | Ready to hang
This painting began as a tree between a footpath and a road on a bright sunny day. I have an early memory of walking along this path and stopping under the shadows of a huge magnificent tree. It was lovely leafy respite from a sunny day but it also gave me a sense of calm on a rather busy street.
When I was painting this scene, I felt that although the tree was wonderful in its natural glory, it just looked a little sad. I decided to change the scene and replaced the footpath to a grassy place with flowers and the road with a river and then added layers of colours on the tree. I often think what would it be like if I happened upon a place like this. I imagine it would be a serendipity moment and just a feeling of simple joy and happiness.