I visited Nature in Art last week (Twigworth, just south of Tewkesbury) to see the Artists in Residence: Worcestershire's Valerie Briggs and Trevor Smith. I was delighted to find Val working on the big picture she is giving to the Trust to help raise funds and celebrate the 25th year of Tiddesley Wood Open Day.
Centrally the picture shows springtime coppice and bluebells in Tiddesley Wood and is to be surrounded by twelve vignettes of Tiddesley Wood's wildlife through the year. Val finished the central picture that morning and was working on the first vignette of a blackcap singing amongst wild service tree flowers. The finished picture is going to be a stunning tribute to Tiddesley Wood.
It is to be sold by Silent Auction so you can have a go at purchasing a local picture by a nationally known artist who lives locally! If you are successful (there is a reserve price) you will also help fund the work of the Trust.
You can see Val's other pictures on the Worcester Bevere Gallery web site.
Val told me that she will update you all through this blog on the progress of the painting as she continues working on it.
Harry, Tiddesley Wood