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Now how can a tree help save lives? Well this is another in my 'painting with a story' series. It could be argued that all paintings have a story of their own and I would have to agree, but some stories are more interesting than others - I hope this is one such. A couple of years ago we met a lovely young lady through Facebook called Sally Outram. She is a freelance press photographer who has also found the time to write and have a series of books published as well as being a full time mum and - dare we mention it- - grandma (though she doesn't look old enough!).
Sally lives in Retford in Nottinghamshire and posted this lovely photograph of a scene near where she lives. I was immediately struck by the composition and the light. With the church in the background, a scattering of sheep and this magnificent tree, I thought this was a perfect scene typifying England in winter. I asked her for permission to paint it and she agreed to let me have a go. I made a few little additions for my painting - highlighted the church, a nice little cottage and even a strolling couple so I could include footprints to lead you in.
So now to answer the question. How did this lone tree help save lives? Well Sally and I pooled our efforts and auctioned the photo and painting as a pair to raise money for the Bridlington branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Incredibly this vital service depends entirely on public support and the bravery of its volunteers to keep our seas and coasts safe for us to enjoy. So we were very pleased indeed to raise £300 which we handed over to Chris on behalf of the RNLI here in Bridlington today.
So thanks to Sally for making all this possible and special thanks to the staff and crew of the Bridlington Lifeboat for all that they do.
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!