The Hart of
the Green Wood is a large contemporary style oil painting of an ethereal deer
stag in a clearing in a green forest. It is 40x40x1.5 inches. There are many
shades of green and many transparent layers which give the painting a mystical
fairy tale quality. It also catches the light in interesting ways – a little
like a stained-glass window. It is the sort of tall tree green wood you see in
dreams. The hart (a stag over 5 years old) stands on the right looking at
something we can’t see. He is materialising and not quite of this world. Real
deer have the habit of watching humans in their forests and then vanishing once
they have finished staring at you. It always amazes me how such a large animal
can do this so easily – as if they naturally have some magic to them. The
painting was inspired by a walk I took in the Cowdray Forest (RH17 6QG) near Turners
Hill. It is full of tall pine trees and ancient oaks and is worth a visit!
Dedicated to all fellow dreamers and lovers of fairy tales. Painted on deep
edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.