Monday, July 18, 2011

"Treed Tops"

6 x 6"
oil on masonite

If you're a painter and want to loosen up, I suggest tackling buildings - unless you want to include every single window, you find a way to get the point across but not get too nit-picky. It's a challenge. The same goes for trees. It's an impressionistic 'glimpse', I don't think the details really matter.

This view is from Central Park's Conservatory Water (is that right?), a moment of Zen as we walked around 5th Avenue on our first full day in the city. I particularly loved seeing the rooftop trees around New York. Nice, surprising sprouts of green. This painting is included in my series ATL to NYC & Back.

a little info......a nice man from New York wrote me to say, "what you painted is what we old New Yorker's call the 'boat pond'. Growing up... the Boat Pond was a very important part of this kid's life starting with E.B. White's 'Stuart Little'. " This gentleman is still building and repairing pond model boats - how cool is that? The morning we were there, more than a few kids were steering those little sailboats, just like old times. Thanks for the info Mike.


martinealison said...

Une peinture qui pétille d'oxygène... Elle est réellement vibrante.
Gros bisous

Sandra Busby said...

Hmm... Maybe I should try that! This is beautiful! I love how the light is hitting the trees particularly. Expertly done :0)

Unknown said...

I know what you mean about painting buildings or even landscapes as a way to loosen up. I work primarily in portraiture and it can be a nice exercise in variety to paint a nice piece of architecture every once in a while. Thanks, great post, great painting!

carol morgan carmichael said...

Loved catching up with your blog after being away for a while. This park scene is terrific. Love the light portrayed and the aqua (haven't used that word in a while) rooftops. I love "security lapse". Your paintings make me smile!

Sharon Rose Smith said...

Your trees always read so well and yet the detail is minimal. You say just enough.

Shirley Fachilla said...

Wonderful contrast between the cool of your foreground greens and the warm of the background buildings.
Your foliage is delightful.

Sharon Alama Art said...

Beautiful greens, great painting, and a wonderful story to go with it about the little boats.