To everything there is a season…and I tend to feel out of sync. It’s high summer and I find myself painting what ended up being an autumn/first snowfall of winter scene.
This started, again, because of a piece I saw on my Pinterest feed, a “spatter” technique for doing trees. I love trees and, like clouds, they’ve intimidated me when it comes to painting. The spatter technique is problematic in this tiny format so I modified it a bit, just trying to see if I could paint a tree and not hate myself.
You can’t see it well but in the actual painting there is a horizon line to the left of the tree that grounds it a little better than it shows in the scan but I have decided not to stress about it at the moment. Perhaps later, when I’m not quite so busy, I’ll go back and adjust the contrast to bring it out in the digital image.
What I have appreciated about this practice is the way that the artwork works with me, the way that it can help me to appreciate serendipity and suggestion. This is definitely a “co-creative” practice and, at the end of this day, both the awareness and the appreciation of that make me smile just a bit.
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