Photo Gallery: May’s Painting Project (Yellow Gorse Tree)

I’ve found it very interesting to see the choices of tree vs landscape, silhouette vs colour, focal point vs pattern, in May’s project paintings. Thank you to everyone who’s shared their paintings for us to enjoy.

Painting project photo gallery
By Bee: “Acrylic ink and acrylic paint, I don’t know whether to go any further. Looking at it again I’ve seen a waterfall that i didn’t know I’d put in!”
From Marion: I wouldn’t! It has a beautiful delicacy to it that could so easily be overworked. I think the balance of suggestion and detail is perfect.
Painting Project painting by Sarah
By Sarah: “Thoroughly enjoyed this project thanks. I’m learning so much.”
By Sarah: It’s the last day of the month and I haven’t got back to putting the next layer on this, my second go at it using ink then watercolour. Will hopefully get back to it.
From Marion: Even if you never add more colour to this, the different compositional choices to the first make it worth having done.
By Eddie: “Here is my interpretation of the May project photo after doing the changes suggested by Marion. I have used layers of thin and thick acrylic paint and acrylic ink. I like the way the sinuous lines of the branches sweep across the scene.”
By Eddie: “I used antelope brown acrylic ink with a Chinese brush and a couple of Shiraz riggers with some palette knife scraping. Regardless of the result it was a lot of fun.”
Painting project gorse with tree
By Bayberry: “Here’s mine in ink and watercolor. I never have much luck with trees, although I love them so.”
From Marion: I suspect trees are on of those subjects we underestimate how long it should take us because we think of it as one thing. If we rather start thinking “one trunk, dozen main branches, roots, etc.” and granting ourselves permission to spend equal time on each of these, it adds up.
By Gail
From Marion: My first reaction was that there was no yellow of the gorse, and my second was that the season has shifted to late summer when the landscape is dominated by deep blue-greens. The sense of light on part of the hill and shadow/soft light on the rest is beautiful.
By Cathi: “I have not spent enough time on this, but sometimes that is a good thing! I do like the way my tree and mossy wall come together. Continuous line drawing came into play too.”
From Marion: I like the interplay between line and colour. Initially I wanted there to be line in the ‘negative space’ in the bottom right corner, but after looking at it a bit I think what I would do is crop a sliver off the bottom and left so the lines go up to the edge.
By Barbara B: “my attempt at tree with gorse, in acrylics on canvas type paper meant for oils. I found the composition the biggest challenge with this one, trying to find a focal point that worked for me.”
From Marion: For me it’s a composition I’d approach as a colourfield, a painting more about pattern and colour than a focal point, because there are so many elements striving for attention whilst interacting with on another.
By Erika: “How a tree became a fish. For me, this was a very tough one. Didn’t really like my first try, study I (above). Was happier with study II (below), until it became fish.”
From Marion: I would never have got to fish myself from this reference photo, and throughly enjoyed seeing your journey, how the ‘netting’ in the first attempt takes over as the inspiration point and where it leads.

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