Tree paintings are some of my favorites. Every living artist and every dead one had their own vision of trees.
I’m going to share how I painted this tree. It was a journey of lots of ups and downs.
I was ready to quit many times and just paint white all over it, but I let it sit and stew in its own colors.
I don’t have pictures of what brought it to chaos, but I started out just smearing colors across the canvas with my hands. I smeared countless layers and colors, and lost track of any possible solution for this painting.
It finally ended up like this:
Some people might like the mess, but it didn’t feel finished to me at all. It sat like this for a long time. When I had left over paint, I would slap some on this painting.
Then I arrived at this, which was something beyond my scope. How could I bring out a focus in this painting?
I finally saw a tree trunk in the mess, and drew two black lines and some roots. Then I had major problems with the background. It went through several stages before it felt right.
Here I had the tree painting, but I thought the background looked imbalanced. It didn’t feel complete at all.
I added a tree to the side in the background, but … I wasn’t happy. Backgrounds can sometimes be tricky. You have to brave and forge on!
Then I made the background almost white. I wanted to leave the space between the roots white. Still, didn’t work.
This felt a lot more peaceful, a balance of dark and light encasing the tree “spirit.” I can see the spirit as a vibrant energy.
To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s finished. I thought it was, but when I look at these pictures, I’m hesitant. Sometimes it’s easier to see what works and what doesn’t in a picture. It is a distance from the painting itself.
Time will tell.
I started this painting in April of 2015… You would think I could have finished it, but the Muse does not like a harness. I did plenty of other art meanwhile.
There is a time for everything…
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