‘The Woodsman’

An oil painting of a Dutch Blue heavy horse, used for flattening bracken in the woods, and a woodsman taking a midday break.

Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in 30.48 x 40.64 cm

Scenes like this are seldom seen and I was extremely fortunate to find such a chance and put it to canvas. I came upon this scene whilst out walking at a place called Rodney’s Pillar. Rodney’s Pillar is set on a hilltop in Montgomeryshire about a mile from the boundary with Shropshire. The hilltop rises to 900 ft and at the top give spectacular 360 degree views across Shropshire, Cheshire and Wales. You can follow a path, open to the public, which takes you through woods on both sides and leads up to the hilltop.

There is also pheasant shooting during the season and from October to January access is closed to the public on a shoot day.

The woodsman in the painting was having a lunch break prior to which he had been working his Dutch Blue Roan Draft mare, which was flattening bracken in the woods, preparing rides for the shooting season in October.

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