A different view of the trees I posted yesterday - and, judging by the light, later in the afternoon.
I think one of the things that attracts me to painting trees, in spite of my reservations about using too much green in my paintings, is the colour of the treetrunks.
When I was about 9 years old, I had my first male class teacher, which we all saw as quite an event! But there is only one thing I remember from the whole of that year in Mr D's class; it's an 'art' lesson where we were informed that we should not colour the trunks of trees brown. In fact we were offered a shilling - about the equivalent of a week's pocket money - if we could find a tree with a brown trunk.
Looking out now at my apple and pear trees, they do indeed have dark brown trunks and branches but I'm afraid it's too late to claim my shilling!