I created this piece because I liked the way the geometric shapes of this house contrast with the organic shapes of the willow tree foliage.
I was also experimenting with the shadows on the roof so that they are not just dark but have some color to them. The idea was to make the shadows translucent. After all shadows need love too, not just the light parts.
With Fall on it’s way here in New England I thought I’d post this favorite scene on one of my favorite local hikes.
The water is conveyed through line work. I wasn’t sure about this technique until saw that artist Anders Zorn did water the same way in some of his work.
Really, this week’s blog is more of a horticultural essay than something about art. It’s too bad for you readers, but it does suggest why some subjects are chosen over others for a painting.
A Tree in a City
The blue spruce can be found on the Norwalk, CT. Green, which was established some 250 or more years ago, and is the most beautiful section of the city I chose the tree as a subject because my father planted two similar blue spruce trees in front of our house before I was born and they eventually reached a height equivalent to three to four stories high. They caught a spruce blight, which meant my Dad had to spray them early every spring to keep them alive. Unfortunately the stuff turned the trees green, but the new growth came in blue. If you look closely at the painting you can see some green behind the outermost blue growth.