Arboreal Reflections #2

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 36x40 oil on panel

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 36×40 oil on panel

A cousin to the painting Arboreal Reflections #1, Arboreal Reflections #2 is based on the same photographs but interpreted differently. Exploring variations on a theme is part of the fun of working with “planned accidents” in the base layer of the painting. Each painting feels like a slightly different moment during the day. Arboreal Reflections #2 has more color and slightly more development of light filtering through the trees and onto the water. Both paintings look at the way we perceive woodland reflections in a shallow pond. Close-up details from the second painting are below. Enjoy!

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 - detail from left of center showing layered construction of painting, reflected birches, slight ripples in water

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 – detail from left of center showing layered construction of painting, reflected birches, slight ripples in water

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 - detail showing reflected trees, floating leaf,  from lower right of painting

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 – detail showing reflected trees, floating leaf, from lower right of painting

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 - detail of falling leaf on water, duckweed, tree trunk reflections

TM8461 Arboreal Reflections #2 – detail of falling leaf on water, duckweed, tree trunk reflections

Technical painting notes: Both versions of Arboreal Reflections started with monoprint techniques of rolling on the paint, quickly followed by manipulating the wet paint with plastic wrap, paper towels, drips, and blotted splashes. Because these techniques allow the artist some control, the feel of each painting is similar. The differences are partly a result of uncontrollable chance accidents and also the way one decision leads to another (and another) until changes are inevitable. Below is Arboreal Reflections #1.

TM8445 Arboreal Reflections #1 36x40 oil on panel

SOLD TM8445 Arboreal Reflections #1 36×40 oil on panel

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2 thoughts on “Arboreal Reflections #2

  1. I’m very sorry that Steve Miller and I could not attend your reception. Your new work is very exciting and beautiful.
    Best,
    Sheila & Steve

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