The wonderful season of spring brings with it a renewed energy in woodlands, a shift in pace and purpose, a reawakening as the last days of winter are left behind.
At first, a slow reawakening, early wildflowers emerge from the undergrowth, buds beginning to burst, a warmer breeze greets a longer day. Then, before we know it, the energy quickens and woodlands spring into life. They become a hive of activity, from wild creatures scuffling about to bird song filling the morning air, blossom erupts on trees and bluebells carpet forest floors in enchanting displays.
Exploring the woodland at this time of year opens up so much inspiration and possibility, and I often get that feeling of renewed energy when working in the studio. Over the last year or so I've started to build up a collection of spring inspired artwork, painting the wildflowers, birds, buds and blossom that can be discovered in woodlands throughout this wonderful season.
Below are a few of my art prints inspired by the beautiful season of spring:
This art print features four little Wrens surrounded by a tangle of wild woodland foliage including hawthorn blossom and bramble, all set against a rich dark background.
Bold, colourful and a common visitor to UK gardens, I've painted the popular Blue Tit in a springtime woodland setting, surrounded by cherry blossom and hawthorn.
This light and bright art print features three goldfinches, some of most colourful and well-loved birds found in Britain - set against a background of fresh springtime pastel botanicals.
Lily of the Valley
An enchanting woodland wildflower known for its sweet perfume and delicate white spring flowers, Lily of the Valley is the birth flower of May and is used as a symbol of good luck and happiness.
A star like gem found on the woodland floor in early spring, the wood anemone is a welcome sight after emerging from winter. Originally hand painted in gouache this artwork captures the delicate white flowers against its deep green leaves.
This art print features two bold and colourful bullfinches. Inspired by an early springtime woodland these beautiful birds are set amongst a tangle of hawthorn and crab apple as they emerge at the start of the spring season.
This art print features a pair of greenfinches within a tangle of woodland botanicals, including elder buds and crab apple blossom, all set against a rich dark background.