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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Less Than Conventional Approach

Years ago, a friend asked, "So, you can paint a good landscape, now what"?  I have given that question a lot of thought. Since that interchange, I have made two installation pieces, and worked on a sculptural form. Now, I am beginning a series that has my head reeling with excitement.

The series that I have begun explores amazing and interesting trees. These are some of the largest, oldest, trees of historical significance, or are just plan interesting trees.

"Norway Spruce," is the first of these paintings to be completed. Although not native to the United States, Norway Spruce grows well here. It is not invasive, and is a beautiful tree. In fact, Norway Spruce trees are often used as Christmas tree specimens. This particular tree is located in Great Falls, Virginia, and was saved because it was on a parcel of land that was too small for a gigantic home. Sometimes survival is just the luck of the draw.

Here's a play-by-play so that you will see the work as it progressed.

Very early in the process. You can see the textured surface, and the beginning of the tree trunk. 

Happy with the direction that the tree trunk is taking, I decided to reward myself and
paint the tree as it may have looked in its youth. 

Here's a close up of texture and the entire Norway Spruce.


Time to add more branches, and add more color and patina to the textured areas.


Some of the green needles need to be added. 




One of the things that fascinated me about this tree was the branching structure.
Although a bit tedious, those branches needed to be added! 


More branches!




After a closer look, I thought that the large branch on the right needed to
break into the textured area in the upper right. Almost completed!

Norway Spruce, 24 x 24 inches, acrylic, © Lynn Goldstein 


3 comments:

  1. Here's the 3rd time I'm trying to comment. I love the composition, colors, and geometric blocks as design elements. How bout Norway Spruce - Shape Shifting. I like the Out on a Limb also

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. I like Out on a Limb also. I have gotten great responses from several people. It will be a tough decision. Thanks so much also for the kind words regarding the painting. I am planning for all the pieces to have similar design elements. Stay tuned!

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