Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4 - some branches added

I worked for a couple of days adding in the arbutus branches. Arbutuses are very strange trees. Not only do they loose their red bark and yellow leaves all summer long, but they can be more than half dead and still keep growing. They also have unusual branching patterns - which can result in a series of interesting curves at the end of branches. They never seem to grow symmetrically - always reaching for the sunlight.

In this painting I am trying to show all these things. I am intentionally having a lot of blank yellow sky on the right to emphasize how asymmetrical this tree is - as it leans toward the water. However, the sun is past noon and the light is now coming from the right side. I'm wondering about the anchored sailboat. I think it adds a lot complexity to the painting and sort of restores the sense of balance.  My next idea is to darken the roots of the grass and put some rocks in the ground below the tree to try to stabilize it a bit.

The other interesting thing about arbutuses is that always grow with fir trees - often entwined with each other. I call them arby and firby! In this painting, there is no nearby fir tree - but the trees on the other side of the inlet are firs. I am almost tempted to paint a few fir bows on the right hand side - as appear in the photo - but am reluctant to mess up the tippy design.

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