Monday, February 02, 2009


pastel on paper

I have mentioned several times recently my struggle with trees. Admittedly in paint and a desire to make a recognisable painterly tree. Today Jeff Smith posted these really wonderful trees on his blog in pastel.


Billie Crain said...

nice little pastel, Anita! i love drawing/painting trees with interesting bark. if they aren't in the scene i just put them there.

Teresa Mallen said...

I like the colours you used to depict the light in the room.

Thanks for sharing Jeff Smith's trees. I think trees are tricky for a lot of people. I have seen the work of very accomplished artists who struggle to do trees well. I do believe it is a struggle one can overcome, eventually! :-)

Jeanette said...

I like the light play in this pastel. Its tricky to draw it well, but you've done so. I have a bed scene somewhere that I need to put on paper.

Jeff Smith's trees are wonderful. There's a fine line between the too much/not enough when it comes to painting trees. I tend to get lost somewhere in the middle. But practice makes perfect or so they tell me.

Anita said...

Thank you Billie - There are some lovely trees here - I need to just spend time doing studies and get away from this feeling that I need to just complete whole pieces.

Teresa - Jeff's trees are gorgeous. I think, as with everything, trees can be overcome - it just takes practice!

Jeanette - I need to get decent lighting.

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