|Oil and Wax on panel 20" x 20"|
Yes, this is what I was told in school as a small child... "No Helen, trees are brown. Why have you done them green?" I remember distinctly responding that the trees on the other side of the playing fields were a dirty green colour on their trunks. To give her her due the teacher did actually go and look, but I didn't like having to argue my point. Even at 7 or 8 I knew my own mind when it came to what my eyes were seeing. Annnyway... so I don't see trees as brown with green leaves. You probably don't either. It's amazing what some people will tell children though. All this came to my thoughts as I painted this piece. At first it was a raging sea, all dark with a strip of harbour lights at it's centre (still at the centre of the image if you turn the canvas around 90 degrees ;)). But according to my plan... that was becoming too forced and "realistic" so I dived in with colour to cover it up. Much mixing of oils and wax, scraping and daubing ended up with this... and a studio that smells strongly of essential oil of oranges (my new alternative to turps).
Hope you have had a great weekend x