So close! Almost! Or maybe even done! Yes, you guessed right. The latest 30 x 40 inch canvas of Sailing Through The Trees is “resting”. But, before we go to the end, maybe you would like to see a short video of part of the process along the way? Yes? I thought so.
And so it went, for several days, until I came close to the finish line. Then, I swore! A couple of times! Which didn’t help at all, in case you are wondering. Back to the folder of video and photograph references for the umpteenth time. Then down to the actual location, looking, searching, feeling and taking more photographs. Back to the winter studio, pick up brush and apply paint. Three more trees are added. Other trees are moved around a bit forward or back. Specific branches are added and so on. Finally, the painting shifted and came together as a completed work with all the harmony and mystery that was intended…. well, except for “resting” but I doubt it will change much from here. Lets start with a few details and work our way up to the finished painting.
We have the all important house…
We have the equally important sea…
and the lofty trees crowning the complete vista….
Now for the grand entrance, switching to the big camera, here is Sailing Through The Trees “resting” 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas still shiny and wet…
The painting will be set aside to dry and I will look at it over my shoulder while I continue working on the next painting. If, as time passes, I notice something that I just can’t resist changing, then there will be a flick of a brush loaded with paint in the appropriate spot. Most likely though, it will dry to the touch and be laid on its back to have the edges painted.
So, no more swearing as I look upon this beautiful day beside the sea where it would be a dream to live!
What are you almost ready to call done!?
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9 thoughts on “Sailing Through The Trees – almost a finish”
Terrill — I agree with your assessment. DONE!
It does feel done doesn’t it Laurie. This one took its own sweet time coming together but I am pleased with the results.
Thank you so much for sharing your work.
This format of communication is all new to me. However, it’s this site and those of a few other subjects that are makeing learning, so worth the effort.
Your words and your work are an inspiration to my own endeavours.
So again, thank you.
I see your painting as done.
I can smell that water, and the muskeyness of the earth.
Thank you P. for sharing your thoughts and impressions of the painting. Most appreciated and you are most welcome!
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How fun to watch you at work! I also loved the background music.
Yes Deborah, everyone once in a long while I get brave and do a video with me at work. There are many in my lessons for water mixable oil painting of course but few that are “public”.
Stunningly lovely and elegiac!
Thanks Sam! This was indeed a special work that was influenced by both the collector who commissioned it, the architect of the house and the of course the landscape itself. A rather special painting project in all.