Happy Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday. My son knows what I like and sent me this book:

OakOak by Stephen Taylor

It’s a beautiful book telling and showing how British artist Stephen Taylor has painted the same oak tree in a field in Essex, England, dozens of times over a period of three years in extremes of weather and light, at all times of the year and hours of the day.

I’m fascinated by how artists create their pictures and this book is excellent. Not only is it full of illustrations, but Stephen also describes his methods of painting, outside and in the studio and explains what he was aiming to achieve.

I hope to write more about this book when I’ve had more time to study it. One thing that struck me immediately was this fact stated in Alain de Botton’s introduction:

The oak is estimated to be 250 years old. It was therefore already home to skylarks and starlings when Jane Austen was a baby and George III the ruler of the American colonies.

I love such connections! Thank you, Paul.

3 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day

  1. Love your blog. Go to it frequently. You gave me quite a start this morning-IT’S MOTHER’S DAY?? I’m in America and our’s is in May. Thought I was losing it. With all my British blogs I so enjoy, I’ll soon be spelling “favorite”, “favourite”. Have a great week.


  2. Your son certainly knows your taste in books. Lovely choice of a gift. Quite often I think how much I wish trees could talk; what stories they could tell.


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