There Is Hush In The Trees
oil on birch wood panel
84 x 59 cm
There is Hush in the Trees is of a 1960s housing development near me which has a caveat of having no borders, hedges or walls along the front gardens, but is richly planted with mature trees many of them rare evergreens. I walk here often as it is quiet and borders fields and the river Bure. Sometimes, as I am walking, it’ll take me away with it and the trees lure my eye upwards transporting me into a mindful state.
The title refers to this state of mind, but also to folklore around monkey puzzle trees; ‘The devil himself sits in this tree, and people must be quiet when walking past or else they will attract his attention, getting bad luck for three years in the process.’ It is thought this came about to deter children from touching the sharp needles on the trees.
The painting is oil on a braced birch wood panel 3 cm deep. It doesn’t require framing and is ready to hang but it can be framed if desired.