Monday, March 15, 2010

more close value trees, a little Tryon and a little Wolf Kahn

This is another painting from yesterday's plein air painting. I was thinking, no obsessing would be the correct word, about that row trees I painted on Saturday. It sparked comments on my blog about trees, painting, Dwight William Tryon and Wolf Kahn. So I sifted through Wolf Kahn  and Tryon images in books and online.
Here is one of each Tryon's and Wolf Kahn's paintings. While there are many differences in these paintings I believe there is one thing we have in common. The love of the ordinary: painting something others would just drive by. This is what these trees are about. There is no reason to go driving about looking for grandeur.  Recently I saw a wonderful blog by Rachel Maxi. She paints dumpsters. Yes folks, dumpsters! Each one beautiful and unique with personality.  The ordinary seen with beauty.  Here is a  link. 
I guess it makes me once again examine what I paint and why. Have you thought about why you chose your subject?  What draws you to it? More later.

7 comments:

Caroline said...

Hi Loriann, are you using textured paper for this pastel painting? Thank you for giving a good size image for us to see too. I can see a great deal of blending and colour work has gone into this wee gem. Lovely colours too, you really have captured the early springtime colours on the land, winter is finally over even though it is sadly raining. It is a beautiful wild, blustery day of blue skies and pink clouds here in the highlands.
I love Wolf Kahn's paintings.
I am not too sure why I am obsessed with skies and light but I never seem to grow tired of it and can always find fresh inspiration. Thank you for asking.

Casey Klahn said...

The differences do look remarkable in this presentation of these three paintings. Subject is shared, but perspective differs.

Our Rachel Maxi has been noted @ Seattle and the west coast for years. She also diverges from the dumpsters to do urban "natural" scenes such as light in the swimming pool. Her talent is remarkable.

SamArtDog said...

The dogs and I love trees. I think you could say we worship trees. However, while we all pray in our own way, I think the prayers you and Tryon and Kahn have written are some of the most beautiful.

loriann said...

Hi Caroline, Sorry I didn't note the paper. It's my usual Rives BFK. It really is quite smooth. It often fix the surface as I work if I want it to remain separate layers.
From what I can see of the Scotland your portray the skies are magnificent...or maybe it's the way you make them. Either way your paintings are lovely and luminous.

Hi Casey,
Seeing the tree images made me think too.
I love Rachel's paintings... dumpsters with personalities! She proves what we all know should be true. I will check out more when I have my browsing time.

Hi Sam,
You know and love dogs that is evident with how you paint them. Tree are also wonderful...especially your hot summer evening painting.
Thank you so much for your kind words about my art. They mean a lot.

Lisa McShane said...

Yours is especially lovely!

loriann said...

Thanks Lisa!

Jala Pfaff said...

Very astute, and wonderful to see them all together to note the differences as well as similarities.