Saturday, November 23, 2019

Crooked Little Tree (purchase link repaired)

Crooked Little Tree, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2019
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In his book, The Art Spirit, Robert Henri writes, "Give the tree its gesture." The full quote reads like this...

"Get one form that looks like the tree rather than little pickings at the branches. Give the tree its gesture. Some trees are heavy, ample and full. In a tree, there is a spirit of life, a spirit of growth and a spirit of heading its head up." - Robert Henri

I thought of these words as painted this crooked little tree. In fact, I try to access this idea whenever I paint trees, of any kind. It's important to look for the quirky spirit that makes each one unique. When you find it, celebrate it! It's also what makes them fun to paint. 

Not a bad lens to view ALL of life from! ;)


2 comments:

Barbara Muir said...

Love the tree and your spirit. I do love trees. When I paint them
I just want to be thinking about the painting. I am so word
driven, that I have to turn my brain off to paint. The word
part. I always love what you paint, and what you say. So when
I'm not painting trees I am going to look at them and think of this
advice.

XOXOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Laurel Daniel said...

Thank you, sweet friend! And i love YOUR spirit! I totally understand about needing to turn off the words. I do that as well, somewhere in the middle of the painting. I keep my brain on in the beginning, but it goes off in the middle, and wakes back up for the end. ;)