Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tree Study 7

Tree Study 7, 7 x 5 in.

I think sometimes that I'm a little off.....I enjoy these small tree studies so much. Perhaps I should paint an orchard--ha. Here, I focused on loosening up the edges more than usual, and working with the trunks last--applying them on top of the tree's form rather than exclusively underneath. Still thinking about active and passive sides.

-julie davis


Randy Saffle said...

Very interesting stuff Julie. Personally, trees are so tough and Scott is a master at them. Keep them coming. I need to do about 1,000 of these myself.

When you paint a group of trees, do you change which side of the tree is active within the same painting or do you keep it all the same side?

Susan Roux said...

Your tree studies are very interesting and informative. Never thought of trees as having active/passive sides. I can see from your studies that it does make a difference. In Maine we have forests. It isn't common to have a lone tree anywhere. They all connect to other trees. It seems to me as a lone soldier, this method would really help in directing the viewers eye where you want it. I'll have to keep this in mind... It could work for a number of subjects.

julie davis said...

You know, Randy, you can go either way, depending on the design of the composition and where you want to direct your viewer's eye. I'll have to do some groups of trees and play with that. I do think it all depends on composition. Scott does tons of paintings with pines in groups--and he definitely employs this idea with them as well, especially where one may separate from the group a bit. As a mass of trees, though, you'd play down anything too active within the group, and choose a side of the mass to make more active, depending on the composition.

I hope this helps. I'm still figuring it out, obviously, so thanks for the question.

Tracey Mardon said...

I'm really enjoying your tree study postings Julie. Sometimes makes for dangerous driving as I'm captivated by the trees along the way.