Monday, November 9, 2015

In the cool of the day


A couple of days ago, late afternoon, my husband called out and said "You have to come here and look at this". I looked out the window and this is what I saw only MORE so. The sun was in the western sky and shining through a mysterious haze over the lake and through the trees.
 It was breathtaking! 
I quickly grabbed the camera and got this shot and shared it on facebook for all to see.
Well....of course....the challenge began when I said something to the effect of "wouldn't this make a beautiful painting but above my pay grade". My friends would not let me own that!!
But I got to thinking about how much I loved the light and especially that red tree in the haze.


So, I narrowed it down decided to give it a try..WITH THE UNDERSTANDING....that what I did would NOT look like this, but my hope was to capture the essence of this moment.

So....off I went to the Studio.
This was NOT an easy piece to do but I was determined to do the best I could and decided to capture the steps to share here.

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First I prepared my board (mat board) with Gesso and let it dry then lightly sketched in the "idea". I don't work much from a drawing. I like to just get the idea down and then work it all in together.
I laid down some initial colors and picked out my papers and tapes I wanted to use and off I go.


More and more leaves (Oy Vey!!) and starting to find the tree trunks. Working with the flow of the branches and leaves was a challenge and keeping the colors peaceful but not ho hum was my goal.


Once I got the leaves "pretty much" how I wanted them I started on the detail work. Using some stencils and doing some free hand, I began working on getting that feeling of light and airiness. This is actually my favorite part. It's the work that ties it all together.


And here is the finished piece!
I'm very happy with it. It was certainly a challenge but I do like a challenge!

Thanks for stopping by
Suzi




13 comments:

  1. Just beautiful Suzi. Love your colours.

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    1. Thanks much Marion! And thank you for commenting :)

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    1. Thank you Becky!! I'm pretty happy with it.

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  3. I think you have captured the very essence of the beauty you saw in a creative and exciting way.

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    1. Thank you Brenda. That is what I wanted to do :) I'm not a "realist" in my art but my goal is for the viewer to "feel" the moment.

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  4. This is so beautiful. You captured the feeling so well!

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    1. Thanks Denise. It turned out well and I am thankful for that! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. SO lovely!!! I'm glad your hubby knows what eye candy you love...that is truly a breathtaking scene and your collage captures it beautifully. :)

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    1. thanks my friend. We live on a lake and have some absolutely breathtaking photo ops here esp. early morning and evening. I always have my camera ready cause they go by quick!! Now that I have proved to myself I can do this, you may see more :) time will tell!

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  6. WOW Suzi... how stunning the sun shining on the lake was that morning! And how fabulous is your interpretation in your painting!!! It is fairly different from what you usually do but what a beautiful piece Suzi!! I am so proud of you that you stretched yourself!! And just look at the result! I truly believe the Lord loves taking us out of our comfort zone because that's where we learn...and it's also where all the fruit is....GOOD JOB GIRL....take a bow!

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    1. Thanks royne! Surprised myself and esp that I am doing more! But yes...its God :) no matter what I do it's not me😊

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