Shaded Path


Danebury Hill, between Andover and Stockbridge in Hampshire, has featured in my work before (most recently in Deep Dark Wood). It is topped with a significant iron age hill fort, managed by the county council, and is blessed with many lovely trees, most of which are beech and yew.

These yew trees are outside of the fort, to the left of its main entrance. While not being especially venerable, the trees are nicely gnarled, with roots cascading attractively down the slope… The path looks very inviting from this perspective, but I recall that it petered out into a rough patch of thorns before actually getting anywhere.

Shaded Path, ink on kaolin-coated board, 16″ x 12″