I feel that I’m now getting somewhere with the paintings of Wivenhoe Park. The first group of work was from drawings made near where Constable must have painted in 1816, looking south east across the lake. The drawings I’m now using were made looking in the opposite direction; looking into the upper park and at the group of magnificent old oak trees. The upper park has the feel of a wilder landscape full of wildlife and brings to mind Gilbert White despite the background hum of traffic going into Colchester. The oak trees are vast, afloat on a sea of wild grass.