Artists Statement

I paint as often and as much as I can. I take classes when I can afford it, but the money usually goes to buy more art supplies. This blog is to share the results with you! I am a Work in Progress.

Dianne Lanning Fine

Monday, August 20, 2012

And yet again...

Nicasio - 8X10 Oil
It looks like I'm going to just keep trying to get it right!  Trees are one of my current challenges. So, I got on the internet and studied at artists who know how do it, masters of the art. Most  recently I looked at Brian Blood because he is a northern California painter and does lots of eucalyptus trees beautifully. Well, you should have seen me with my mouth skewed to the side and even my tongue sticking out as I concentrated. I couldn't quite get it. Then I was looking at Ron Guthrie's latest paintings. He also is a California painter and does lots of wonderful landscapes, which include eucalyptus trees, as well as a variety of other subjects. In trying to see what I could learn about painting these trees from both artists, something clicked a little bit.The background has been simplified some, the sky has been worked a bit too.  This is definitely a learning experience, and I'm glad I've been able to spend the time on it. Now I'll leave the eucalyptus alone and try something "painterly" with the background.
   When it comes to composition, the clump of bushes in the very center of the painting don't seem like a good idea. They might just go away, or get converted to something more straggly and a shallower slope. I just got a tube of "Naples Yellow," and I sort of got carried away playing with it on the hills and grasses.
  This was a plein air I started last year at a horse ranch in the Lucas Valley at Nicasio.

Darn it, that sky sure looked better in person. Now when I look at the photo, most of what I did looks faded. Another lesson.