Saturday, January 29, 2011

River Valley Elms - study


River Valley Elms - study, 6 x 8
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When I began really studying trees about two years ago, I had no idea how much influence they, as subject matter, would have on me as an artist. When I try to force them to the background in my compositions, it's almost painful to do so. So, yesterday I resolved to let go of that struggle for a while and just have fun with them again. And I had entirely too much fun doing this little study.

-julie davis

15 comments:

Gwen Bell said...

Beautiful work, Julie! Your trees always have such a realistic pattern of foliage and light. Your love of them really shows in your work.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Your passion for your subject matter shows here - this is beautiful.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

I love trees too and you have allowed these trees to be up front and centre without dominating the scene. Looks like a much larger painting...so much going on for a 6x8. Beautiful!

Kim said...

It shows! Those are some fantastic looking trees. I was going to comment that before I even read your post : )

Kay said...

Aren't they wonderful? Great painting

Stephen Parker said...

Very nice, Julie. Love the variation in color and in the volume of the tree masses.

Mitzi Easley said...

I LOVE this one Julie! Well done

Kathy Cousart said...

Julie,
I have always loved the way you paint trees and these Elms are wonderful. I think you capture them so beautifully because you understand how they grow and exist. I am reading Carlson's book and he has some great information on understanding trees.

julie davis said...

Kathy, you're right. Carlson has SO much good information --I can't tell you how many times I go back to his book.

Pam Holnback said...

And your fun shows!

Karen Bruson said...

Gorgeous! Love how you painted the trees. Great application of paint.

Becky Joy said...

beautiful Julie. Love this composition.

julie davis said...

Thank you, Becky (and everyone). It's a blast to get such a good response by painting a subject I get such a kick out of.

Kelley Sanford said...

Great study...letting go of your struggle proved to be a lovely painting. A larger version, maybe?

Ingrid said...

I love trees too, this is a great painting!