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Helena Perry

The Wise Old Oak 3

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Oil and gold leaf on board 24cms x 29cms

This tree is special to many local people. I have tried to capture the feeling of its enormity, the subtle colours and textures in its bark, the tingly feeling that the tree gives me when I stand next to it (or in it, as it’s hollow). The sensation that it’s somehow communicating is represented with a subtle white layer of pattern that reaches out from the branches.

It is humbling and precious to be allowed to revere this ancient warden of East Anglia and it has felt especially grounding to visit it in winter during the Covid pandemic. It has lived through many periods of human turmoil and persists with its cycle of seasons, helping us feel the transience of our situation. I am only too aware that whilst it might feel like a permanent guardian of the area it’s future and fortune depends on us; often fickle and irreverent humans. That it stands on private land is a blessing and a curse. It has not been "managed" so the three of its massive branches it shed were left to rot down to feed it. However, there are nails hammered into the trunk, graffiti scratched into the bark, metal and other rubbish high up in its canopy. Some fool actually started a fire in its hollow trunk; more than once! Amazingly the tree survived, but it bears scorch marks to tell the tale.

Whatever is in store for this old soul, these paintings are my offering of gratitude to the tree and a record of the solace it has brought me during the bleak winter of the Covid pandemic. 

To see a video of this painting being created click here.

Available framed and ready to hang. Please allow an additional week for framing. (Framed price is for standard framing only. Additional mounts, Artglass or other choices may increase price slightly.)

Delivery is by Royal Mail tracked unless specified otherwise.

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Hélène 

"Beautiful for both the eyes and the mind!"