Tuesday, 22 January 2013

WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Day 22 - 30 in 30

WIND IN THE WILLOWS
ORIGINAL ART ACEO 3.5" x 2.5"
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I've painted willow trees before and I always find them a challenge. When I arrived here the first thing I noticed was a Willow outside my bedroom window. It was the last days of fall and strong winds had blown most of the leaves off the higher branches. The lower fronds were blowing in the wind and the last leaves were dancing in the setting sun. The tree had such a tangible presence, the wispy branches swayed and the leaves shivered and shimmered: It was unbelievably beautiful. I took some photos and resolved to paint the Willow as soon as possible

Today I found the photo and painted the shivering Willow ... or at least I painted and repainted it several times until I was satisfied. Part of my frustration was getting the values correct, but there was also a question of detail; how do you paint delicate shivering leaves on a tiny ACEO without going insane? However, I persevered and I like how the painting developed.

Tip: When painting a detailed subject, first determine the colour and value of the background and then paint a limited amount of detail over it, just enough to suggest the subject matter.

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How many paintings does it take to become a professional Artist?
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A fascination for Miniatures - ATC, ACEO, OOAK etc  
"I would rather die of passion than of boredom"
 
(Cat # 13021 - posted as # 57 on Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30)