I stepped away from the Oracle Deck for a couple of weeks, because another painting was calling out to be worked.
I had intended this to be a rich and earthy green painting, but the paint had other ideas, and as I laid down the rock face behind the figure, the flowing watercolour chose ethereal pink tones instead.
Frustrating as watercolour can be at times, I love the way it runs and granulates, layering colour, surprising you just when you think you know your paints well enough to predict their actions.
Lifting out bramble tendrils.
And putting in fabric patterns.
Small details, which disappear in the big picture, but are seen clearly close up.
'Guardian of the Greenwood'
The woods truly are greening here, bursting into life over the may day weekend.
( I forgot to take my camera to the Jack in the Green celebration, but I'm sure you will see the pictures on the blogs of others in our community)
Seething with life - quite literally - this is a giant wood ant's nest, over a metre high, the surface of which is constantly changing as thousands of ants go about their business.