Bastrop View, 8 x 10
I painted this this morning at 6 am--needed a little more coffee, but plowed ahead anyway sustained by the results of Monday. Shortly after painting it (while checking emails), I recalled something I read recently in Robert Henri's book The Art Spirit. In discussing trees, he offered that a painter should "Give the tree its gesture," and that in a tree "there is a spirit of life, a spirit of growth and a spirit of holding its head up." Laurel Daniel's blog post this morning about trees brought that quote to mind; the next time I tackle trees, I'm going to remember Henri's expression, because the "gesture" does convey it all.