Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Choktaw

Choktaw, 2009, oil/panel, 54" x 48".

I had this vision for a swaying tree. It was lush and fully foliated against a spacious sky. The shape needed to suggest a caressing wind. Distant fields and low hills were visible on the horizon.

In the studio I was able to map out the general theme fairly quickly, but it took many weeks before I could back away and see it as complete. I'm learning to know where to add detail and where to keep things only suggestive. This guides the viewer's perception to the important elements.

This painting will be presented at the Toronto International Art Fair - 2009, in the Gallerie de Bellefeuille booth.