Monday, March 24, 2014

First Signs of Spring - oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches


(Alternate title: "Making Mountains out of Molehills.") Click here to purchase. It's that time of year again... the time where I have to load up on allergy medicine for a few months to function. But the new growth is coming out of the foliage, and before you know it there will be bright, spring greens and blossoms everywhere. Spring greens seem almost unnatural and can easily overpower a landscape painting if you're not careful. It can be fun to do a few of them though, when the trees are still barren and gray from winter, and that juxtaposes nicely with the new growth.

Incidentally one of my favorite Pissarro paintings is on view at the Kimbell museum in Fort Worth, and shows him handling the exact same time of year. It is a really nice one, that I'm guessing he painted en plein air because of its size (It's about 17x21 inches. That's large for plein air, but small for the studio.), and he probably took it out to the location a few sessions to finish it.
Near Sydenham Hill (1871)
Camille Pissarro
Oil on canvas, 17.1 x 21.1 inches

Love those gnarly, reaching branches.