"End of Summer"
The sun is shining outside my studio and I had started working on a new sea horse painting. But I kept looking at the light behind the trees in our garden. In the afternoon the soft sunlight gives a diffused effect which is so beautiful. Right by my studio I have an Acer which carries gorgeous dark leaves and the sunlit background is really showing them off. But the light alone kept catching my eye. So much so that the tree became irrelevant.
I painted the light in the distance and then added branches and twigs on top. I worked quickly and freely but I kept looking at the scene in front of me while I painted. For inspiration and guidance on where to place my brushwork next.
There is one branch that I have meant t remove. I walk past it daily, see it hanging down and always think next time I walk past I will carry my pruning shears and cut off the offending branch.
But isn't it funny.
When I painted that branch hanging down it added to what could have been a boring composition. Adding interest and a lovely foreground "dark" to the soft branches in the distance.
I now of course love that branch. Its' artistic.
I won't remove it.
I may even paint it again.
How great to unwind on a simple but large painting that made me feel so relaxed when it came to life on my easel.
The simplest things in life can be the most beautiful of all.
Who knew a broken branch could be so fascinating. It even has its' own blog post now!