I consider a tree

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Hugh P is away at the conference in Mexico this weekend and will be presenting the short film we made to accompany the new translation of Martin Buber's 'I and Thou', one of the foundational dialogue texts.

Throughout our research, we asked experts in their field, physicists, mathematicians, botanists and ecologists to 'consider a tree' and here is artist Hugh Dunford Wood sketching a tree in the Cotswold hills. Hugh had travelled up from Dorset and was, for a painter, travelling remarkably lightly. All was revealed though when, after a short trek to find our tree, one that he had painted perhaps 20 years previously, Hugh took an iPad from his bag and started work.

Using an art programme which built up layers (similar, in a way, to Photoshop) Hugh used an initial sketch as a basis for his image.

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Then he continued to 'paint' away, building his image over a period of a couple of hours to produce this beautiful final picture.

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And here is the original painting, hanging on the wall of Hugh P's house, which inspired our day!

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