Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tree Paintings from Provence.....

I know that I paint a lot of trees - single trees and groups and forests of trees.....and here is the proof that they are a favourite subject, even when travelling......
Big Tree Behind LesB
14" x 12" - acrylic on canvas paper - $75
I have painted this 'big' tree before because I love the dappled sunlight and distant trees behind the main event.

Bonnieux Trees
17" x 12" - acrylic on canvas paper - $75
Another scene I have painted in other years, but in this the two very different trees take the limelight.

Below the Village of Murs
14" x 14" - acrylic on canvas paper - $75
I walked down from the village and found a big tree to sit under, looked across the field and painted this one. 

In the Distance
15" x 14" - acrylic on paper - $75
If you look at the horizon line on the left in the painting Below the Village of Murs (above this one) you will see two small trees in the distance - which became the subject in this small painting, directly above.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Travelling and Painting

I have been travelling in France during the last month and did some painting there as well. I am finally over my jet lag, have organized my house and studio and am starting to think about new paintings inspired by the thousand or so photos I took while away. I'll begin, however, with some posts of my plein air work done most recently in Provence, with Arts in Provence. 
This is a view looking up from the road that leads to the small village of Joucas, in the Luberon Valley and very close to where we stay at Les Bassacs. Over the 2.5 hours there I worked on two small paintings. The first was done on a small wood panel with an ochre ground. 

Joucas Vines 1
11" x 14" - acrylic on wood panel - $75
The second was done on heavy paper designed for acrylic paint, and executed mostly with a palette knife.

Joucas Vines II
11" x 15" - acrylic on archival paper - $75

Back in the studio I worked on another painting using some photos I took that morning, looking in the other direction. All in all, a good start.

Leaving Joucas
11" x 15" - acrylic on canvas paper - $75