Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The afternoon was gorgeous and me in my favorite place the woods. I was looking for peace and quite and a reason to paint. The red birds were going off, but I love them. After sitting for a while there he was....what I call a Tree Troll. To me they are gorgeous but you have to catch them when they start showing their colored bark. I caught him and he had to pose until I got done.
The patina [some people call lichen, I think] of his bark was just WOW!. I know my painting never does them justice but I keep trying and trying. Someday, God willing, I'll maybe have a happy accident in painting.
This oak tree allowed me my artistic license, which I use religiously. I'm not a botanist, horticulturalist, naturalist etc... wish I knew what they know. But I love all the things created on this planet and plan to paint as much of it as I can.
I used watercolor, ink line, and some gouache back in the studio. The woods is coming alive with color but I love what a rain will do to bark for a few days afterwards.
Some plants had green coming on, some fall colors still left with everything in between right now. I am getting better at identifying plants, trees etc.. But taking those books along, which I have in the past, and my paint equipment gets me bogged down. So forgive if I offend anyone by not knowing the species, subspecies and so forth. Maybe you can help by telling me what I painted. That is if I paint it well enough for you to recognize it. It'll be fun for all of us. Thanks