Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cattle and Cottonwoods

Cattle and Cottonwoods, 11 x 14 in.

This is another enlargement from a study done this summer based on my time in Wyoming and Idaho. The cottonwood trees group themselves in such a variety of ways. Wonderful windows of space between groups of trees create beautiful forms in what could be called "negative space." I prefer to think of it as not the absence of mass, but the presence of a shape. (Kinda think I'm sounding a little nuts....) But I do think that's what makes the cottonwood trees so appealing to me.

-julie davis


Samantha said...

Love this...very soothing.

Kathy Cousart said...

Beautiful! Totally get what you are saying you learned and what we work on also- seeing the beauty and strength of the simple masses both positive and negative in light and shadow. Hope you feel better- now I sound nuts?:) This is a favorite!

mary maxam said...

Yes, that's IT ! I love Cottonwoods and the shapes between the masses are so terrific. In your painting they are well done!