When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Dancing With Trees

Dancing With Trees Art list for Madison, WI

Friday, April 16th, 2010

 

Dancing With Trees, exhibition signature piece, 85H x 45W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Norway Maple, 48H x 36W x 2D inches acrylics, gel paste on canvas Sounds of Silence, 36H x 24W x 2D inches acrylics on canvas Neighborhood Heron, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Jones Falls, 11H x11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas
St. Catherine's Sunset, 11H x11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Paint Arson, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Sweetgum, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Reflections, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas Chapala Wind, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas
Ceiba Leaves, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Kookaburras, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Young Howler Monkey, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Shadows of Summer, 60H x 40W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Spruce, 28 x 28 x 1” acrylics on canvas
First Snow, 40H x 28W x 1D acrylics, crackle glaze on canvas Polypore Fungi, 58H x 41W x 2D modeling paste, acrylics on canvas Morning Light, 59 x 40 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas What Large Leaf Maples Do At Night: day view, 20 x 57 x 4 inches acrylics on canvas, LED light system What Large Leaf Maples Do At Night: night view, 20 x 57 x 4 inches acrylics on canvas, LED light system
The Campsite, professionally framed size 22 x 29 inches, watercolors on 140 lb. acid free cold pressed premium Salt Spring Island Fog, professionally framed size 29 x 34 x 3 inches, dry pastel, graphite on paper Eastern White Pine, professionally framed size 26 x 32 inches, oil pastels on paper White Pine Bows, 20 x 34 x 1.5 inches acrylics on canvas Scarlet Oak: Sun Shower, more Photography on www.majestyoftrees.com

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.

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Dancing With Trees 03

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Your Majesty, top detail of 85 x 45 x 3 inches Acrylics on canvas

Your Majesty, central detail of 85 x 45 x 3 inches Acrylics on canvas

Your Majesty, bottom detail of 85 x 45 x 3 inches Acrylics on canvas

Your Majesty, signature piece for the Majesty of Trees solo exhibition, 85 x 45 x 3 inches Acrylics on canvas

Dancing With Trees 03, 85 x 45 x 3 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 *

“DWT” 02

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Dancing With Trees 02- 48 x 48 Acrylics, finished

Dancing With Trees 02, 48H x 48W x 1D inches acrylics, matt and semi-gloss glaze, and semi-gloss varnish on canvas

Layers of acrylics-glaze 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? …and 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 - 48 x 48 Acrylics on canvas – 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.

   Dances With Trees - Sept. 10 details  Dances With Trees - early details using drips  Dripping varnish, and painted upside down for about four hours

Dances With Trees - Sept. 6(WIP Acrylics)  Dances With Trees in progress: Sept. 4  Dances With Trees, started August 30, 2007  Dances With Trees started Aug.30, 2007

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 – WIP

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Dancing With Trees 02- 48 x 48 Acrylics, finished

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

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

                    Sky detail, Dances With Trees 

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 ~ 

Dancing With Trees 02 – progress

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Dancing With Trees 02,  started August 30th - 48 x 48 Acrylics on canvas - progression details are combined into one post. The Oil Pastel with the same name, posted in March 2007, inspired the painting.

   Dances With Trees - Sept. 10 details  Dances With Trees - early details using drips  Dripping varnish, and painted upside down for about four hours

Dances With Trees - Sept. 6(WIP Acrylics)  Dances With Trees in progress: Sept. 4  Dances With Trees, started August 30, 2007  Dances With Trees started Aug.30, 2007

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.