Dancing With Trees
Paintings as shown are not to scale in comparison to one another
The Dancing With Trees Art Exhibition celebrates the importance of trees and forests throughout history, portraying their diversity and relationships through a variety of creative associations. Twenty three of the paintings in this collection are on exhibit in the Steinhauer Trust Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, May 1st through June 30th, 2010. Opening Reception Saturday May 1st, 12:45 – 4:00 p.m.
All life forms on this planet proliferated, continue to flourish, and ultimately depend on the existence of trees. While the message is urgent, I consider humanity’s role on the planet as positive, with the statement that creativity is our greatest asset; that “Our carbon footprint is worthy”. Further, creative thinking is our most primal, yet highly advanced and ever-evolving contribution toward solutions to healing wrongs done and changing ingrained habits to ones that are more appreciative of the environment in general.
Dancing With Trees 03, 85H x 45W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted, framed. Signature piece for the Dancing With Trees, formerly ‘The Majesty of Trees’, solo exhibition. There is no black in this painting; the darkest areas are dioxazine purple. Aside from a couple of areas that are still questionable this painting is now finished. Specifically: I’m not sure about adding shadows and contrast on the bark of the main trees because it may take away from the cheerful expression of colors.
Progress in previous posts: January 19th and 30th
I’d also like to change the name of the exhibition to Dancing With Trees because I discovered there is a book with the title ‘Majesty of Trees’; I don’t want it to seem plagiarized, but also the new title seems overall more suitable for the collection. All the proposals from now on will be entitled Dancing With Trees , but the show still opens under the original one.
* Thanks Karen for your perspective, I really do appreciate it *
Dancing With Trees 02, 48H x 48W x 1D inches acrylics, matt and semi-gloss glaze, and semi-gloss varnish on canvas
Layers of glaze medium washes used in final stages: Hansa yellow light, Pthalo blue, Pthalo green, Permanent green, thio violet, Mars black, Cadmium red light, Dioxazine violet
This piece is an example of work that does not reflect the original vision I had, but is turning into something much more interesting. I’m not giving up on this one even though it may be past its prime…but don’t most paintings need a rest period before the direction is obvious? I do feel that I’m on to something here, and keep trying things to enhance the character of the dancing trees, and the lighting. Sometimes the ambition about the subject overtakes the wisdom to see when it could be finished…or more to the point, when it’s acceptable as finished. Who decides? Inevitably, the one creating it, right? I’m always looking for paintings to be more than just acceptable, which means that in the searching, there will be many failures. I typically take things beyond their prime..on purpose. There is always potential for success, even if a painting may have passed what you think is the point of no return. How will you ever know if you don’t try?
Dancing With Trees 02, started August 30th – several progression details posted on different dates are combined in this post. The oil pastel with the same name, first version, posted in March 2007, inspired the painting.
I’ve tried lots of new things with this one – am hoping to keep just the impression of branches; I don’t want too many details. Using washes and glazes to help create the cedar branch texture I’ve dripped water, paint, glazes, and varnish across patches of color, splattered it on with a brush and also painting upside down.
Dancing With Trees 02, 48 x 48 x 1 inches acrylics on canvas. Layers of glaze used in final stages: Hansa yellow light, Pthalo blue, Pthalo green, Permanent green, thio violet, Mars black, Cadmium red light, Dioxazine violet
It’s the sky’s turn to dance! White glaze will attach itself to the varnish I dripped on the other day.
Dancing With Trees 02, started August 30th – 48H x 48W acrylics on canvas – progression details are combined into one post. The oil pastel with the same name, posted in March 2007, inspired the painting.
I’ve tried lots of new things with this one – am hoping to keep just the impression of branches. I don’t want too many details. Using washes and glazes to help create the cedar branch texture I’ve dripped water, paint, glazes, and varnish across patches of color, splattered it on with a brush and also painting upside down.