Leaving the City
I painted this after a walk through a local forest. A small wood really but surprisingly even that can have a positive effect on the nervous system.
Forest bathing - Shinrin Yoku - is bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. Forest bathing has a whole host of positive effects on our mental health, including a reduction in hostility and depression. I wanted to paint something that could remind one of that forest atmosphere - of the quiet, the calm and the mystery. I wanted the viewer to get lost in this painting....perhaps even use it as a meditation.
Dimensions: 40 x 40cm
Medium: Coldwax and oil on panel, unframed