Friday, 10 May 2013

BLUE HEAVEN Painting Progression DAY 9

Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

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This painting was very cathartic for me. I fell in love with Jacaranda trees in November 1996 when I saw my first one in bloom. They are large trees with boughs that dip close to the ground. They flower in early spring which in the southern hemisphere is November. There are no leaves when they bloom, the trunks are grey or black and sunlight dapples through the empty spaces between blossom and the Violet/Blue petals giving an almost ethereal quality. You are surrounded with the essence of blue. The feeling is like nothing else on earth.

Alberts was always quick to organize special treats and when he found out how much I loved Jacarandas he phoned around to find the avenue with the most blossom and took me for a drive under the trees. What a spectacular thing idea. I will never forget that moment which moved me to tears. 

I vowed I would one day paint a Jacaranda in full bloom, but up till now I haven't felt I could create that presence. Here I worked to convey the essence of a majestic J tree.  

Needless to say this is a very special painting but I  may be persuaded to let it go to the right person.

The first image is a photo and the second a scan to give you a complete view of the painting.

Progress photos

Cat # 13114 BLUE HEAVEN