"The woods are lovely dark and deep" - Robert Frost
I'm thrilled to present "Deep Woods" as the final print release of the year - a painting so powerful, so enchanting, so mysterious and still that I wanted to showcase it here, on its own, rather than within a collection.
Forests are sacred places. There is a quality of air, a scent of nature, a sound to the silence, that renews weary spirits and soothes a ruffled soul. I wanted to create a painting that captured the magnificent essence of a forest and honoured my love for time amongst the trees.
An early sketch of 'Deep Woods' in oil paint
And thus began a painting journey that completely knocked me sideways. It's hard to put into words just how bowled over I am by this painting and what a tremendously challenging (and utterly agonizing) process it was from start to finish.
A painted colour strip of the initial color palette for the acrylic forest painting 'Deep Woods'
There are at least 3 full-on failed attempts at completely different paintings underneath as I lost my way numerous times. It languished in the 'ugly' stages for days while I wrestled with the composition and figured out the colour palette.
I knew something really, really special was happening yet it just wasn't coming together. Then, while slathering yet another layer of paint over paint, lime green over sea green over luscious, rich emerald green, I suddenly heard myself thinking 'Deep Woods'. And that was it. Those two words were all I needed in order to finally and fully surrender to what was happening on the canvas, letting go of control and completely trusting intuition - all of which led to the beauty you see here now.
The final, finished acrylic forest painting 'Deep Woods' in my studio 💚
Deep Woods is a painting that has kept me company at the studio all year and has served as a constant reminder to trust the process, as a source of wisdom to believe in myself and somewhat as a guide as I keep exploring the depths of my imagination - all of which I shall take forward as I continue on with this messy, colourful, creative life of mine.
'Deep Woods' is the image for the month of December in my 2023 wall calendar and I'm thrilled to offer it as a greeting card as well.
This glorious forest makes for the perfect Christmas card not only because of its emerald evergreen trees but also because of the peaceful nature of the scene itself. Year-end tends to be a time of reflection and within these brushstrokes is a sense of deep contemplation, of paths travelled and a hopeful pull towards a brighter sky ahead. It embodies the spirit of the season and I know your circle of friends would love to receive this card from you.
Creating this painting was such a journey I want to share it widely which is why I selected 'Deep Woods' as the feature image on the December page of my 2023 calendar. We're well on the way to selling out of calendars again this year so if you haven't already purchased one (or two - they make excellent gifts) now's the time to do so!
So if you went down to the woods today, you sure got a beautiful surprise! .... and options to own a piece of this magnificent forest.