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Final: “Tree Dreams, The Promise of Spring”

It’s a little embarrassing that this drawing took so long to complete.  Compared to other pieces that I’ve done in the past, this was not THAT complicated.  There were just some issues that I didn’t want to deal with such as working on the trees and houses in the background. The original photograph of this tree behind my parents house that I used as a reference wasn’t the best, so ultimately I had to make up some of the landscape.

Overall, I am in love with this piece.

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I used chalk pastel on paper to provide that soft, somber look.   The tree in its dormant and death-like state sees its future self in a reflection of vibrant green in the cold, murky waters.  Winters can be long and hard to endure but Spring eventually comes if we just hold on.  It’s similar to when we are going through the dark days of our lives, that we have to continue to hope and dream for better days ahead.

By the way, here is a photo of my beautiful friend during the summertime.  It was so robust, that it actually blocked the view of the lake!  See what happens when a tree can dream?

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Working, Procrastinating, and Working at Procrastinating

So one thing I know for sure is that I am not one of those artists who spends endless hours in the studio. In fact, if I’m in my workspace all day, then it’s clear that I’m working  under a major time crunch.

Every weekend is filled with good intentions when it comes to making art and this past weekend was no different. First thing in the morning  I tell myself that I am going to get started as soon as I finish making my coffee.  After sitting on the front porch and draining my two cups however, something changes.  Instead, I get on the computer and look at Facebook and surf the Internet.  Then I write my “morning pages,” a la Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way.  For those who don’t know what morning pages are, think of it as journaling, where you are writing three pages of streamed consciousness.   It’s supposed to be handwritten but I don’t have the patience for that so I type it out on my laptop in a large font that mimics handwriting.

Then while I’m on the computer I realize that I had better go to Trader Joe’s for groceries.  A girl’s gotta eat, right?  This past weekend there was an art fair taking place just up the street from Trader Joe’s, so I figured I would check that out right before grocery shopping.  Believe me, if there was no fair I’d be somewhere else, perhaps at a nearby park rollerblading or running.

I return home a few hours later and it’s after 2:00,  the hour when no matter where I am or what I am doing, I am compelled to take a nap.  I do this on the couch while the TV is still on Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” (I kid you not), with my cat (who honestly has one paw in Hell and one out of Hell), sleeping on my lap.

After that nice little nap, I pick up my phone and fart around with this cool app that I downloaded from Facebook called “Colorized.”  So I crank out tons of little random thumbnail sketches on my phone and post some on Facebook.    Here are some of them.

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Not exactly Leonard Di Vinci but hey, good enough since I’m practically finger painting.   At least I was applying my drawing skills somewhere, except that I was not applying them to “Tree Dreams” my latest piece that is in desperate need of attention.  I know it’s because I’m apprehensive about adding color and I don’t want to draw those friggin’ houses in the background either.

Eventually I go upstairs and start working on the piece but it’s after 6:00 and I hadn’t had any supper.

Pitiful, I know, but I did make some progress on “Tree Dreams” before the end of the weekend.    I drew the tree in black chalk pastel and added gray to the background behind it.  It scared me at first but I think I am headed in the right direction.

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Again, I wish I was one of those artists who could spend a day cranking out art but alas, I am not. Honestly I think it’s because I’m afraid that while I’m in the studio/office, I’m gonna miss something  like sunny weather, some lame Facebook post, special event, or TV show.   I’m sure I’m not the only artist out there who is like this but you better believe that while I’m away, my art isn’t gonna draw itself!

Preliminary Sketch of “Tree Dreams: The Promise of Spring.”

Charlotte actually got a bit of snow Saturday, but of course it didn’t stick.  According to the groundhog, we’re supposed to have an early spring however lately, it’s been quite the opposite. I’m guessing that he probably showed  his backside in addition to his shadow.

At any rate, I decided to take advantage of  my time indoors and draw a preliminary sketch of my new piece called “Tree Dreams: The Promise of Spring.”  Here is the sketch in ink that I did back in December as well as the actual photograph of the tree that sits near the lake at my parent’s house.  I love its shape.

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As I looked out the window, my mind wandered off to parts unknown and I imagined that the ice that covered the lake split open and exposed the water beneath it.  The reflection in the lake showed that same tree filled with green leaves.  It was as if the tree were looking into a mirror and seeing its future – the hope and promise of Spring.

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Typically my sketches aren’t pretty and I will own up to that.  To me sketches are working drafts to help me juxtapose the subject matter.   Already I think that the tree needs to be larger and the houses in the background to be less visible.  The houses look a hot mess anyway but then again I am referencing a photograph that I took from my phone and the clarity is less than stellar.

I want the overall look to be somber. The  colors will be black, gray, and green. I think the tree’s green leaves against the murky lake will provide a nice contrast.

My medium of choice? Probably chalk pastels.  I would love to see this as an oil painting but since I haven’t worked in oils I had better leave well enough alone.

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