27 July 2008

Treetops

Pennsylvania is very pretty, any time of year. Hillsides lush with forests have not completely given way to urban sprawl. Well, there was that W-mart debacle. Lee Scott decided to build where he wasn't welcome. Neither the townspeople nor the hillside would support him. He left us with a landslide and a renewed determination to support locally owned business.

As I painted this morning, I noticed the trees across the Ohio were muted compared to the trees closer to me, and the sky was a bleached ombre. I realize this composition may be problematic as it isn't grounded, but I wanted to explore those shades of green, so I let it be.

I painted the feathery deciduous tree several times. I missed church because of it. I tried to make it worshipful. I did mention the Lord a few times.

Above the Treetops, by Pat Metheny.
Let it Be, the Beatles.

12 comments:

Dianne Mize said...

A fine little painting, Dar. You are really progressing and doing it the right way. This piece has a sparkle that makes me want to keep looking at it. And about missing church? Betcha God didn't care at all.

Dar Presto said...

Thank you, Dianne.
I was so pleased to read about you on Empty Easel! You're kind of a painting rock star, ya know.

onpainting said...

Dar, I like the varied greens and blue sky.

Dar Presto said...

hey Bill, thanks.
School starts in 3 weeks. I promise to be more productive.

silvina said...

I think it looks beautiful. I just hope God doesn't smite that feathery tree.

Dar Presto said...

Thanks Silvina. So far, neither the tree nor I have been hit by lightning. I did get shocked on a light switch. Does that count?

onpainting said...

Dar, being in Pennsylvania, did you ever go to Gettysburg and view the cyclorama there?

It really it time for another painting.

Laurel Daniel said...

I love your blog subtitle... "painting as fast as I can." Great words to live by! Welcome to the adventure - it is fun and it IS addicting, isn't it?

Dar Presto said...

I haven't seen the cyclorama, Bill. You're pictured in it, right? It's being restored. That would be a fascinating project to see.

Dar Presto said...

Hi Laurel. Thanks for visiting.
There is so much life in your landscapes. They're very inspiring.

onpainting said...

I am in that painting, Dar. Be sure to see it as soon as you get the chance. It is an awesome work.

You might not have noticed, time slipping by as it will, it is almost a month now - you can be the first to start a new movement - "The Monthly Painter"

Dar Presto said...

alright Bill, I get the message. I painted today, just for you. Actually, I painted a few crap pieces last week. You won't be seeing those. Well, we'll see...