If you ask a child to draw a tree they will usually colour the trunk in brown. Walking around my home ‘patch’ of Rivinton in Lancashire this morning I was reminded that most tree trunks are covered in a layer of moss and are usually bright green. The low winter sun picked up the green of the tree trunks and magnified it a hundred-fold, till it almost fluoresced and bounced green light into the frost-filled winter shadows. 

Lots of green moss makes these tree trunks bright green. 

Lots of green moss makes these tree trunks bright green. 

Many people think winter is a monochrome season with bare trees bereft of leaves and colour. Then I passed this tree, garlanded with ivy and remembered that winter is full of light, colour and contrast. Plenty of inspiration for an artist here. 

An oak tree covered in ivy, like a Christmas tree with tinsel. 

An oak tree covered in ivy, like a Christmas tree with tinsel. 

Loughrigg Tarn Painting by Lake District artist David Pott

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