Now that our End of Spring Challenge has been posted, I thought I would share a couple of paintings that I did three years ago. I was trying to learn about composition and design and was thinking about the golden mean. I divided my space using the golden mean rather than place my center of interest on the golden mean. Since we have been talking about and showing our visions of trees and leaves, I thought these works might be interesting.
With this painting entitled Tree I tried something new. I thought about a landscape plan and the symbols that are used to represent different shapes and types of trees in my books about landscaping. I loved this painting and it was the first one I ever sold at a “real” artist price. (PS…Only my photography is cock-eyed!)
After completing Tree, I was inspired by the red maple leaves carpeting the walking trails at Ft Harrison State Park. I used the same design aesthetic for Leaf. And I know you are thinking “How wildly creative Linda is when she names her paintings!” Right?
Now to close my discussion of trees, I offer one more peom. This one is an excerpt from The Tree by Jones Very.
I love thee when thy swelling bud appears,
And one by one their tender leaves unfold,
As though they know that warmer suns were near,
No longer sought to hide from winter’s cold.
And when with darker ground thy leaves are seen,
To veil from view the early robin’s nest,
I love to lie beneath thy waving screen
With limbs by summer’ heat and toil oppressed.