Or is it just me?
When people think of a landscape that makes them feel happy, some people imagine the beach; others the mountains. Me, I dream of tree tunnels.
I think it is because I have wonderful memories of walking or driving through these when I travelled with my husband and kidlets across the UK a couple of years ago. Without fail, every time we walked or drove through one, there would be an inevitable, excited and almost involuntary "Woooooo-hooooo, Treeeeeeee Tunnnnnneeeellllll!" shout of glee from one of the kids. I ask you, how could you not love tree tunnels after such sweet experiences?
So, when Ms Kathy suggested that I paint something in oils in art class last night, it didn't take long for me to come up with the concept of painting my own tree tunnel so I could relive happy memories every time I looked at it.
I can tell you that whilst the concept was easy, the "minor" issue of perspective and light coming into play, most certainly wasn't! It was actually quite frustrating in a way. Still, after a couple of hours, I managed to complete my under-painting of my tree tunnel in Autumn:
I still have a long way to go to complete this oil painting. Firstly, it needs to dry (around a week - oh why does it have to take so long for oil paint to dry!); I need to address a couple of slight "directional light and shade" issues; add some leaves; amend a couple of tree trunks; add a couple more tree trunks and just generally fine tune the painting. Still, I think it is a reasonable start.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, full of fun and relaxation - why not try walking through a tree-tunnel? Just make sure you shout a "Woo-hoo!" as you walk through the tunnel, in order to have a properly satisfying and fulfilling tree-tunnel experience. You won't be disappointed.
I'll see you next week, I'm off in search of my closest park.