December 2, 2007

Grandfather Tree #5


I have painted this tree several times. I imagine it as one of the oldest trees in my neighborhood thus the name I have given it. I love it's presence. This version is large and there is one thing I notice in painting large is that it seems like a completly different process. Everything is different, the brushstrokes demand more of a sweeping arm movement instead of a movement in the wrist. The brushes react differently and you need to mix more paint. (duh...) Something I kept forgetting to do. So given all that, the result is different than I imagined it would be. At first this bothered me. But as I have lived with this painting trying to decide if I should do more, I realize that's okay. It's how it wants to be painted this time around. It's all part of the learning process. It may not have my usual look, or be what I envisioned at first but it still embodies the essence of that tree and still makes me smile.
Grandfather Tree #5
18 x 36 inches oil on canvas

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6 comments:

Neda said...

You raise a very important point here. It's true: scale somehow affects the painting. I love the branches (I wish I could paint like you!)

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Thanks Neda.

Helen Read said...

Lovely shadows! I really like how it all works together :)

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Thank you so much Helen

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Do you know what kind of tree it is? I love those familiar neighborhood friends, too.
~Sue O'Kieffe

Deb Kirkeeide said...

It is a big old maple that fills my lawn with leaves every fall!