After two weeks fretting over the puzzle of a tree of life of my own device, I just had to take a break. The “flowers” here are the bottoms of an egg carton I used to mix colors for the big composite painting. It’s just elementary, I know, but I needed to give myself permission to be frivolous.
Yesterday I spent the day with the very-generous Sharon Gates and three other plein air painters in a one-day workshop. Sharon took us through various refresher concepts and exercises, and encouraged us at every turn. While we did mix colors and outline mass shapes from photographs, we also began to paint value-scale monochrome landscapes.
Here is mine at the point I left Sharon’s studio. I couldn’t stand leaving unused colors on my palette so I “threw” them out there for better or for worse. I’ll go back into it tomorrow.
Here it is, still in process. There are several things I plan to change, so I may post the complete version before the month is over. But here you get the main idea.
I am reminded of a Mexican tree of life, and it surprises me because I never set out to make this painting. It basically grew into itself! It is all too new for me to feel settled altogether, especially knowing there are changes to be made.
Here is the final piece of the puzzle. Of course by now I have assembled it all together and am trying to make sense of it all. The process has been really fun, and the result is something I could not have imagined from the beginning.
For the rest of the day I will be finishing the overall piece by painting in some things and painting out others. However the “30 paintings in 30 days” challenge marches on, so I will have to begin another series. It it weren’t so fun, I’d say it is exhausting!
What do you see?
‘Fraid to say, I see a cat and an egg suspended together in a water tower at night in a Middle Eastern city. The good thing is that my mind doesn’t frighten me, so yours probably won’t, either!
At the bottom and the tail end is a space where the eye can rest, where some loose areas of amorphous space just hang there in near-idle calm. Ultimately it’s a space that leads the eye upward toward more activity.
I’m not sure I can explain this, though I believe it’s about powerful forces working together.