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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Shape and Light-A Downed Tree, Elora Gorge

A Downed Tree, Elora Gorge
Acrylic on canvas laid down on mat board
12 by 8 inches (30.6 by 20.4 cm)











This painting was due to my walk along a narrow path that ran through the woods in this Ontario area. The tree appeared to have been hit by lightening and a large limb had fallen into a small clearing. I loved the shape of the tree and the way it angled into the small area of light. I increased the brightness of the tree’s color. The real color was a dull grey. I feel I captured the sunlight on this summer day but was also able to push the woods into the background. The paint on the background is applied thinly and the canvas weave can be seen in some areas. The canvas’ texture contributes to the overall impact of the image. The canvas weave can also be seen in a postcard I made from this work.