Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More on the maple

I worked some more on my maple picture today. I seem to be having the same challenge as I had with my VIU Forestland painting. I am trying to suggest a lot of trees without wanting to paint each tree individually- but unless I figure out which branches belong to which tree and paint them accordingly I just have a mess. This means I have to simplify somewhat - but not too much or I will loose the sense of a lot of trees in a fairly dense forest. I had a similar challenge with my Boats in Newcastle Channel - trying to paint boats in the foreground and the background so that they were identifiable - while still suggesting that there are other boats where only the masts are showing.

Yesterday we went to Victoria and were able to spend half an hour at the Royal BC Museum looking at a display called "The Other Emily." It depicts the young life of Emily Carr based on early photos and a few of Carr's own works. The artist had reproduced the photos as fairly large paintings. I had seen most of the photos before and wasn't overly impressed by the contemporary artist's impressions mainly because the show seemed to focus more on her than on Emily Carr.

One of the paintings was a sort of reflection of Carr's large painting of three totem poles and several cedar lodges in Haida Gwai - and, because it was based on an actual photo, it showed Carr herself at work in the middle of the scene. It was a cool idea to have the actual Emily Carr painting and the photo together - separated by a piece of totem pole - but the contemporary painting was terrible. The brilliant green of the forest was completely unlike any green ever used by Emily Carr or any green ever seen in a BC forest.

The other thing that bugged me was that there was so much fuss made about the young Emily Carr going out into the bush to paint - because this just wasn't done in those days. I don't believe this is quite true - since Carr always seems to have stayed with missionaries when she was in the bush - so there other women out there ahead of her doing their thing. Also, people seem to think it is odd that Emily Carr didn't marry - but neither did her sisters who pursued their own careers.

I was glad to get close to some of Carr's actual works - she was a very smooth, neat painter - quite lovely - but the display itself didn't quite work for me.

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