Oil painting – Big tree

At the beginning I wanted to try some landscape related subject as a practice of “getting out of your comfort zone”. So I pick this tree. I started the procedure as usual and it went not bad until the moment I needed to paint leaves. I figured out the bark, the rock and the earth part, but not the leaves.

I was stuck there for some time. And I started to looking for inspiration or an example on how people painted leaves. I looked those pictures one by one online, some of them are so realistic that I don’t think I can do all those little tiny brush strokes. Some of them are so brief that kind of messy. All those different type of leaves, they all have their own beauty but I can’t imagine that I myself painted like that.

Until I saw Erin Hanson‘s landscape painting. I fall in love right away. I really like the way that she pained the leaves. (I love all the elements but for now the key point is the leaves LOL). Her leaves is not so detailed yet clean with color so it doesn’t feel fuzzy and messy. The most important thing is, I think I can go with her style of leaves.

So I tried it with this big tree painting. And I think it worked. 😀 By the way landscape is my all time fear but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to look at wonderful landscape paintings. I know I have to conquer my fear at some point. And I’m glad I did.

I hope you enjoy this piece.

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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