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...a tree wasn't grown in a day!

March 31, 2017


So, what started as a whimsical attempt to re-create a colored pencil drawing I did 18 months ago has turned into a "PROJECT"!!!  When in a spring-cleaning mode I organized my studio area I uncovered this (to me) HUGE unused canvas, it seemed like a good idea to use it instead of my smaller Stonehenge Drawing Pad for the tree (it was either that or find a place to store the canvas!)  Of course, with canvas, I need to use my oil paints, not colored pencils.  I laid in the undercoat and a thin draft of the tree, cleaned my brushes, and went to Kansas City for a week.  When I returned, the canvas was waiting there, taking up almost all of my small studio space, and daring me to continue. .


I started dealing just with the tree, adding paint with both brush and palette knife and remembering how I loved using the palette knife.  It's like spreading icing on a cake!  Well, with the thicker paint on the tree, then I had to decide what to do with the background, AND the foreground, too.  On Day 4 or 5 I remembered that it was a weeping willow tree and began adding in weepy fronds with leaves.  When I looked at it from a distance, "Karen" crept into my head and told me that I had lost my middle ground by giving it too much darkness (and Karen rarely thinks things are too dark!)  Yesterday  morning I lay in bed pondering what to do, and, inspired by Barb Blain and her introduction to the book "Art Before Breakfast", I took her advice, jumped out of bed, and pushed the middle ground back closer to where it belonged and added more weepy fronds and leaves.  .and, that's where I am right now with it.  Whew!  Who knows what tomorrow will bring!


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