By coincidence, today’s artist had some things in common with yesterday’s artist as far as subject and process. One of Theresa’s favorite subjects, like Monte yesterday, is trees. Both artists build their paintings with layers of colored brushstrokes that allow bright underlayers to show through. Even with some similarity in approach, though, ultimately the process and final results reflect the invidual vision and style of each artist.
Theresa started today with an underpainting of bright orange overlayed with wide blue lines and yellow circles. At first glance, this first layer may not look like it relates to the final image Theresa is planning, but the blues and yellows establish the areas of sky and bright light that will be coming through the trees that she paints on top. Theresa had also drawn in the shapes of tree limbs based on a photo reference. Once she’d painted in the tree trunks and branches, the image and the effect of the underlayers became clear. From there, Theresa added brighter greens and yellows that define the foliage of the trees and the light coming through the leaves. Many of Theresa’s brushstrokes are in small rectangular shapes, following the linear pattern of her underpainting. These brush patterns enhance the verticality of Theresa’s composition and are reminiscent of stained-glass, giving her trees a cathedral-like feeling of both contemplation and grandeur.
Theresa will bring her finished work back to display soon. We’ll post the finished image shortly.
Update: 4/19/09: The last image shows Theresa’s completed work. Her beautiful painting is enhanced by a clear varnish that really makes it shine!