Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Casual Observer

Casual Observer, 12 x 12

The second, larger version of my earlier post....The Onlookers. What larger paintings lose in spontaneity, they gain in detail. I think I lost a bit of the looseness of the first one here, but that also can come from over-thinking as I'm trying to "reproduce," the earlier painting. I need to remember to put the first aside and make the larger one its own piece. I also lost a bit of the darkest darks on the underside of the tree that the first one had....but I enjoyed the detail I could produce in the tree and I love the subject, so I'm glad to have it larger!

-julie davis


LSaeta said...

I love the larger version. You captured the light and shadows perfectly!

julie davis said...

Thank you, Leslie!

Angela Elledge said...

Lovely. With just the right brushstrokes, not only did you successfully capture the weight of the tree, but you also captured the curiosity of the bovines!

Trish Siegel said...

This is absolutely beautiful! It is obvious that you grew up and are familiar with the Texas landscape. You really capture it well. I love Texas, and it is one of my goals to express that which is unique to this area . You are already there. 'Love the tree, but what I love more is that cow looking our way. Great personality!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Julie,

I love the description of your process. It's fascinating how we coach ourselves through a painting.
This is gorgeous. You need have no fear -- you can do whatever you set out to do.


Laurel Daniel said...

These are all so great... love the white faces of those cows and the bit of highlight on their backs! so simple and so expressive!