Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tangle 6 with Details

Tangle 6, oil/linen, 50x50

This is the same motif as in Tangle 1. This time, what I found interesting was that the main tree was made visible by the sunlight striking the limbs and vines that surround the tree. All of the color that's inside the tree is reflected light which makes it softer by contrast. Details of various types of light striking vines and branches to follow.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tangle 5 with Details

Tangle 5, oil/linen, 48x48

This time I was intrigued by a vertical fan motif. What I found interesting was the early morning light, illuminating the distant hillside with a warm glow that infused the entire image. The early light falling on the trees created an opportunity of painting warm tones into warm tones with the most subtle of variety. 

While painting the limbs, I worked with a very large brush, like a 2 inch brush on it's side to place the paint into wet paint so I would retain a softer edge into the background. Then I came back with a smaller brush to place an accent here and there to create lost and found edges, just enough to suggest the trunks emerging from the background. Three details...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tangle 3 with Details

Tangle 3, oil/linen, 48x48

I was intrigued by the horizontal branches in sunlight laid over the vertical shadowed trees in the background creating an organic grid. The warm light of the branches and snow worked wonderfully with the shadowed cool touches of snow on the distant trees. Three details of brushwork...

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