Not an exact representation of this common wild perennial, but it was a roasting hot day in the summer of 2008, so I’m allowing myself some artist license. When my paintings divorce from any real physical likeness, I like to pretend I was looking for an abstract quality. So this is it, ‘Abstract Devils-Bit”. I’d spent the day walking along the River Tees from Holwick Bridge, down to Middleton in Teesdale. There was an abundance of wild beautiful flowers, but this chap caught my eye. I’ve promised myself I’ll paint another this summer.