When I started this painting I started with a specific image in my mind of a Ginkgo Tree. The Ginkgo Tree is one of the oldest tree species as it is very resistant to pest and other diseases. There is one in Japan that survived the Hiroshima bomb and it is well known as the Hope Tree. When you look at a gingko tree, you will hear always hear a soft rustling due to their unique leaf shape. It’s leaves are a vibrant green gold colour and in fall becomes a gold ochre colour. Because of it’s longevity it is a symbol of hope and strength.
Here is a video showing the start to finish of the painting. You can also see the images and descriptions of each stage here.