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Just a bit of fun rendered at a workshop with Lesley Lord, my watercolour mentor.  Lesley had set the scene, offering students an image to work from that contained a haggered tree with a few gnarled branches in the foreground and a little cottage in the distance with an owl taking its prey home.  The objective was to create a moody Hallowe’en painting with the use of Paynes grey in the main, practising the technique of drawing trees that we’d explored a fortnight earlier.  I wanted to make the picture my own so replaced the cottage with a more gothic style house and a much fuller tree with more threatening branches.  The owl in my painting has not yet arrived because night has not yet fallen … but who knows what may appear before the morning arrives?

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