Full of vibrant mischief, branches reach out to beckon: sit, rest, listen, breathe.  Run your fingers in the meadow grass, close your eyes.  Breathe.


It turns out that lightening-struck trees are considered quite magical.  This is our family’s favourite tree and has inspired the painting, ‘Annie’s Magic Tree’.  


While exploring colours for the mural that will be painted on the barn wall at this youth hostel, I talked to Annie Sloan, artist and owner of the paint company about the colours that she created for Charleston Farmhouse (home of the Bloomsbury artists).


For this painting, I colour-matched her chalk paints in Firle, Rodmell, Tilton and Duck Egg Blue.  Chatting to Annie about colours was wonderful and pushed this image further.  


Some surprise elements from this painting (like the little hidden heart) may appear in the mural.  The face in the original drawing and in this painting were another unintended surprise and make me think of a mischievous forest imp.  

Annie's Magic Tree

  • Oil painting on stretched canvas, 48"x36".  

    Please note the dimensions. 

    This painting is rectangular, not square as shown above.