Kind of a dramatic title, but you’ll get the gist of it when you read the text and see the images.
Even though most people are impressed with the mountains and waterfalls of Yosemite, the greens are one of my favorite features of this place.
We discovered this spot one time on our way to leave the park. Inviting to read a book or paint with a view of Bridal Veil Falls. The (then little) kids could play in the sand and in the water of the river. It became a tradition to spend some time here, before we would leave for the cabin. This overhanging branch grew and grew with the years.
Overhanging Branch, Watercolor, 12 x 16 inch
Painting a tree may be simple, but somehow I often happen to choose the complicated ones!
It took me years before I thought I could tackle the enormous crown of leaves. Too complicated for an oil, so my first try was in watercolor.
When I started the sketch plein air, I needed a strategy to avoid an overworked or boring rendition, and make this tree stand out! The tree trunks and its shadows are brown, and the rocks below are brown – it happens to be my least favorite color. Hence I picked up on any hint of another color for the rocks, and exaggerated it for the painting.
The trunks and branches I did in different kinds of brown: yellow brown, auburn to Bordeau red. Okay, so far so good.
The sky and background with the wet-in wet approach ( below, for you technical buffs) for the crown of leaves. Some leaves are detailed, others just indicated by color differences.
A tree can be painted many ways.
A painter does not copy, but gives a mood and story to the place.
I wanted the end result to be an airy, somewhat whimsical tree with many leaves to give lots of shade. That’s what this spot is to me.
** wet-in-wet approach: spray or wet paper with sponge. When you see a glaze, the paper will be almost dry, put in a background of several colors (the colors will seep over into each other). Wait a few seconds more to put some blurry leaves in. Some crisp leaves for the foreground when the paper is completely dry. Don’t forget before this process to tape the edges of your paper:)
How the sky above our house (back then) looked like during the day
It had been hot in the summer of 2008. The Fall was even hotter and the year of the fires in California (kind of symbolic for that year, eh?). At one point there were 15 large fires burning.
Even though the closest one was an hour away, ashes from the fire, carried by the wind lay on the driveway on the car, on the lawn and everything that was outside – an eerie sight. Even though there were still patches with blue with clouds, the sky looked just ominous. I took my exercise walk in another city (40 min. away) for a week, because as soon as I came outside, I began to cough (though I have no allergies!) from all the ashes in the air.
Tiger Lilly. Oil, 24 x 24 inch, St Germain
No wonder I choose back then to paint the orange tiger lily .
This lily says I AM fire.
I exude fire.
Waves of flames are around me
Fire is my breath, my life
my passion destroys everything
that has not gone through fire before
when you live around me
you burn too, like I do
Such devastation after a fire, effecting on only the landscape, but also animals and humans. It takes a while before the animals come back.
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