Trees, Glorious Trees

2014 was not the year for ambitious art projects. My husband and I had a baby (read: my husband acquired a baby and I gave birth to one), got a job (that one was all my man), and moved across the country (mutual). But now that we’re settled into our new home, I’ve got the itch to draw, paint, and create in the worst way. It was time to pick up where I left off at the Oatley Academy. Lesson 8: Trees I’ve always loved drawing trees, and yet, I’ve always avoided painting them. Our homework for lesson 8 was to draw a scene full of trees and to focus on the artful elimination of detail. ForestAs an artist, I tend to be a bit of a control freak. I have a hard time leaving loose lines, soft edges, or areas of ambiguity, so creating a “painterly” piece of work was a challenge for me. I decided early on to maintain a monochromatic color scheme so I could focus on silhouette, form, and texture instead. The end product has a bit of a gloomy feel, but I think it works. Next time, I’d like to try a piece with more of a visual narrative. I am an illustrator after all.


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