Yesterday I did I a lot of work on this painting, it’s really quite a marathon as it’s so busy and I found myself wondering more than once what had got into me when I started it. Its still not finished but it’s getting more where I want it to be.
It’s hard to leave a painting when you see something wrong, there is that nagging feeling of a chord unresolved. That is why I’m posting again so soon. I just had to correct the things I felt were wrong. Maybe this is the last time but I wouldn’t bet on it.
I thought this painting was finished but decided it needed more work. Among other things I have added the blackbird and I can already see I will have to do a bit more work as he stands out as the star just a bit too much!
Sometimes a painting seems to paint itself and this was a delight to work on. I wanted to record the tree which is no longer there, hence the title.
There was a beautiful Blue Cedar in Hotham park, loved by birds but the Valentines day storm was too much for the huge tree and it came crashing down. Earlier I took a photo of this tree on a misty day. This latest work, still in progress, is in memory of that lovely tree.
The copper beeches have turned that wonderful dark mahogany colour and the greens are taking on that dark summer hue. The first stage of this painting is in acrylic but I think I will finish it in oils. I’m trying to get as much done as possible before we go away.
Starting a painting like this is one thing, finishing it is quite another. There is a saying which state a work is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration and I think its true! Yesterday I did a quick walk through the park and there is so much to see, it’s almost an overload for someone like me.