Overnight in Treetops, Grizedale Forest
Painted from memory this evokes the experience of atmospheric nights spent in the elevated observation hides of Grizedale Forest. Treetops resembled a guard tower from a WW2 prison camp and was entered through a trapdoor in the floor. Though thirty years ago how clear is the memory, the game book for observations, wildlife identification prints on the walls and branches nodding at the windows forty feet up. When I returned to make the painting it required a strenuous search of the undergrowth to locate the derelict, rotting back into the forest floor. I retrieved the forestry commission sign above the window and painted it from life then hung it in the studio where it takes pride of place.