There is a beautiful olive tree in one of the courtyards at the school in Olhao, Portugal http://www.artinthealgarve.com
Not only does it provide shade, beauty and olives – it also provides endless shadow play observation – which is what this watercolour sequence is all about.
I have spent time in ancient olive groves where I have been mesmerised by their life force and could well imagine the Ents of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.
The olive tree symbolises peace.
The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven. Thomas Jefferson.