Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Trees

Last week my husband and I took a drive up the mountain (toward Mt Baker) on a hunt for morel mushrooms. (we found some) The early spring trees along the way were just budding out, and the light green against the fairly bare looking branches was stunning.

I've been playing with ideas to transfer my impression onto a canvas. This is what I've finished thus far. The colors are slightly off in my photos, but you get the idea.
I painted blue acrylic over gesso textured background, sanded a bit, then added the forest floor and trees. 

For this attempt, I sanded after adding all the paint. It's still not what I see in my mind, but I'll keep working on it. It's helping me to play on "paper" before I start a real live canvas. 

Today I'm joining Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin. For wonderful inspiration, check out what the other Paint Party Friday artists have created this week! 

24 comments:

Molly said...

your painting is lovely. i bet it was a beautiful drive!

peggy gatto said...

Awesome! Your colors are so rich!!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

This is a lovely painting... and how nice that it will always remind you of the drive you took...xx

Ayala Art said...

Nice job!

Gloria said...

I love the texture that feels like fluttering leaves.

Lynn said...

Beautiful. I feel as though I am in that forest of trees! HPPF!

Tammie Lee said...

so very lovely~

NatashaMay said...

Great painting! A good way to play. :)

La Abela said...

It is a good idea sanded to get shine through the leaves, I've done sometimes with watercolors, rasco a little role to achieve targets more white. Saludos

Netty said...

Loving your forest. Happy PPF, Annette x

carlarey said...

I love the trees when they have that first flush of new green leaves. Great job capturing that misty quality.

Mary C. Nasser said...

So beautiful. This painting is definitely spring-like with it's blues and yellow-greens!
Love this!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Rhonda said...

Helen this looks great already! I would totally hang it on my wall as it is! Sounds like you had a perfect day. Happy PPF!

Gloria said...

Great job Helen. I like that you've captured what you saw on your drive. Very nicely done. Love the colors too. Have a wonderful weekend Helen. Take care. Happy PPF!

Debbie said...

I love the contrast in greens we have in Washington right now; the lighter greens of the deciduous trees leafing out is so lovely. I think you're definitely on the right track with your colors here. They're looking beautiful.

Annie said...

I very much like the above ground/below ground of this painting. The forest floor could just as easily be seen as a side view cut of the tangle of roots.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Lovely painting. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I hope you do start drawing your birds in your yard. Its a great way of really seeing them. Happy PPF.

kristin maynes said...

The trees remind me of Calif. where I grew up. Love your art! Well done! Happy PPF!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely creation ~ very contemplative in a way ~ well done ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Alexandra said...

Sounds like a very, very pleasant drive and lovely view! And your painting is wonderful. Is it difficult to paint over gesso? I've never used it before. :)

Happy PPF!

Kristin said...

Ooooh, I love where you are going with this! The colors are really striking and I adore then sanded version. Will be fun to see on canvas ;)
Kristin xo

Simona Cordara said...

Lovely one!

VonnyK said...

A beautiful painting and best that it has memmories attached.
Von :)

mx said...

Great textures!!

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