I was drawn to the image because of the foreshortening of large branch coming towards the viewer and the tree's dramatically curved and twisted branches in general. The stunningly white flowers were at their peak and the petals themselves seem to match the tree in forming interesting shapes and shades. It was a lovely sunny day when the pic was taken so the sunlight created complex shadows over the tree and ground. So for starters the composition of the painting came quite easily, I just had to edit out some the of smaller branches so the painting wouldn't be too cluttered. Here follows photos of the painting from sketch to completion:
|Initial sketch of Magnolia Tree|
|Magnolia Tree, Cliveden - Early stages|
|Magnolia Tree, Cliveden - more background|
|Magnolia Tree, Cliveden - final|
The gallery has enough space for 15 to 20 pictures so to make sure I have enough I decided to get one of my giclee prints of the 'Cows in Dorset' framed and some other paintings I have. At the picture framers I was assisted in choosing the frames by an artist who works there one day a week. He was very helpful and talented too – check out his website – he paints beautiful landscapes in acrylic of the Norfolk coast. http://www.paulgunn.webs.com/
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition sounds as wonderful as ever. I plan to trot along there at some point, I always find it uplifting and there's something for everyone - a great day out. http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/
Next in my sights for a painting is a chicken. And with a wing and a prayer it won't take as long to paint as the magnolia tree did.
Til next time...