FOR THE LOVE OF TREES

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Blue Bayou 30″ X 30″

Just recently a student asked me, ” Why do you paint trees without leaves?” Hmm I began to think; I do paint a lot of snags and old dead trees. I like the structure of a tree trunk and the branches that reach toward the sky, why should they be covered up.  But I realized that it had been a long time since I painted a piece that was just vegetation. We have plenty of it up in the mountains of Arizona so yes, I should paint some.  Besides I needed a good example for my student.

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Prescott Sunrise 16″ X 16″

I found a photograph of one of our lovely sunrises that had plenty of trees (with leaves) and went to work. Than I realized how much I love vegetation in fact that is why we (hubby and me) choose to live where we do. This has turned out to be one of my favorite new painting.  There is something about forests that become so sheltering, nurturing, and comforting. I love to hike in them. I love the scent of pine, especially after one of our monsoon rains.

So I have the bug now, I will be painting many more trees with leaves, and probably some more old snags also.  I really do love trees. Painting the Southwest one adventure at a time.

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In my Blue Stage

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BLUE BAYOU

 

Last night when I had a gathering in my studio I was asked, ” how do you pick your color palette?”  Well part of it is what mood I am in but a more practical answer would be; I have a favorite art store that I frequently visit to find luscious colors of my favorite paints.

I pick out tubes and bottles of fantastic colors that sing to me at that moment and I take them home, after paying of course. Once home I madly paint all sorts of things until the paint is gone.  That usually sates me for a while. So I go back to my favorite art store and pick out another interesting color combo that again sings to me. Than it starts all over again.

So back to my blue phase,  Blue Bayou was one of those paintings that I started when I was at the “bottom of the bottles” so to speak. It was the last day of the Open Studio Tour and I was demonstrating my painting technique. Running low I got very creative and started adding other combos of paints that were on my table and this amazing piece appeared before my eyes.  Magic happens like that in the studio.

It is kinda like life, if you let it flow many wonderful things can happen.  If you restrict it to just the bottles you have it can become boring.  Change out your color palette every now and then and your life will be fulfilling and happy. Just saying…..