|Pink Puddle K Howell Pastel on Paper 14 cm x 21 cm|
The light is strong, the colours are freshly peeled and there is a tentative vitality to the wood that, as it will become something assured and lush, cannot last. In celebration of transience, I've painted an elusive pink puddle and Unstoppable rush of trees.
Like Larkin's trees, Last year is dead, they seem to say, Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.
If this sounds like boundless optimism, I've also been (more typically) working on ancient shapes conjured out of dead wood... but those are for another day.