Swallows Swifts and Elderflowers was named after the birds that were wheeling above my head and flying in and out of an open window of the farmhouse which this old barn was attached to. The owner left the bedroom window open so that the birds could nest in her spare room every year, after flying from Africa and sleeping on the wing, to return to where they were born. The original painting, like so many of mine painted en plein air, included marks in the paint from spiders and flies and other marks that probably came from the birds above!
I hand lettered some of the words from those conversations with Sally, using my brush and having no skill for lettering I might have spoilt this picture. But somehow it took on a grace of its own.
Limited edition prints from this painting are for sale at my Vision Gallery website. The original painting has been sold.