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Ode to an Ancient
Media:  Oil Painting on Pannelli Telati fine Cotton Panel
Genre:  Nature
Size: 6x8 in
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Artist's Notes

Artist's Notes:

Incidentally, the second Photograph is of the underdrawing beneath the finished painting. I thought about calling this painting "Ode to an Ancient Hero." I have referred to trees as heros, before, and they are. They offer a place to rest in the shade from Summer Suns, and provide fuel to keep us warm in the cool of the night ... and Winter. They provide the means to build shelter from the storm, and a home in which to reside, and keep ourselves and our belongings safe from those wild things that would do us harm. Trees provide oxygen, and thus we breathe. Many give us sustenance, both for our bodies and aesthetically for our minds ... trees are beautiful ... in short ... trees are Heroes. I will forego the comprehensive list of pigments used in the above painting, this time, other than to say the usual suspect. I will mention that the greens are mixed greens. I do have green pigments, but I've almost never use them, in Oil, and only occasionally in Watercolour. Having said that, I did use Schmincke Green Earth a lot in my Watercolour landscapes for my brighter foliage greens. Michael Wilcox, in his book on Watercolour Pigments, says of most of the Green Earth pigments, but especially Schmincke's, that it's gummy and nasty to work with, and all but impossible to lay a wash with. For me that was a plus, as wetting the foliage area first with water, and floating the colour in left a mottled area of colour, much like the foliage textures I was after ... upon this one could build. For more check out my blog at www.StevenThorJohanneson.blogspot.com


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