Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Dark Forest....

A new painting just emerged from my Studio ...... "Dark Forest".

I can see now why artists love to paint tree-scapes, they are quite zen and the possibilities for how they are painted and structured are simply endless.

The middle panel is 11" x 14" and the side canvases are 6" x 8"....put together it all measures 14"h x 23" w. The background is very textural and I had a lot of fun painting it. Would you believe it was painted using pieces of one of my husbands' old shirts??

I was at a crafts fair this past weekend and while eating our lunch under a shady spot, Chris and I got to see a bird handler, he had hawks and owls and other wild and exotic birds. Just seeing him gave me so many ideas for future nature paintings. That just goes to show that inspiration can come from just about anywhere and when you least expect it. "Dark Forest" is now in my ETSY shop:


Bren said...

This is wonderful.... a canvas captured winter!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!

oh i love this painting and using the different sized canvases is genius!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Ruth,
Well done on the "Dark Forest" painting. I love the colours in your forest and how you have managed to put the three canvas's together.
What do you mean-You used your husband shirt? Are the shirts under the painting or you used them as brushes? lol
Happy painting,

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Anna, No hidden shirts under the paint. : ) The shirt was my paintbrush.


NeereAnDear said...

Oh Ruth!!!! This is gorgeous!!!

Not only do I love the juxtaposition of the canvases but the colors.... bursting with beauty and serenity....

Sponge painting can be a blast cant it?? Or in your case "shirt" sponge painting..... nice job!!!


Suzanne said...

"Dark Forest" is beautiful and so striking! Love the black against the vibrant colors!
I agree...inspiration can come from just about anywhere! :)

Gail McCormack said...

Another trio of beauties to add to this new series Ruth

I'm quite intrigued as to you using the shirt to paint - clever girl

Keep 'em coming!

Jennifer Froh said...

Gorgeous Ruth! I love your creativity!

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Your "zen" trees are lovely. I love the way you painted the trees using different size canvas - you continue to amaze me with the beautiful new art you create. How fun that you used your husband's shirt to texture your work. I always look forward to visiting you to see your new creations.
Have a wonderful week.

The Rose Room said...

love that series Ruth and the innovative way you painted it ! Rachaelxo

Catherine Holman said...

This arrangement is fabulous! Great colors too.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ruth, Dark Forest is an incredible painting. The size and layout so unique. I love that you used parts of your hubbys shirt to get the texture. Tools come from anywhere just like our inspirations. Trees are a favorite of mine to paint, but don't do near enough of that sort of look. You inspire me to expand again. I know you will create some gorgeous works from seeing the bird handler. I bet the weather is nice in your area now. Perfect for going to craft fairs and nature walks. It has rained all weekend here and this is a time when I love to paint.
Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment. I had fun doing that powder room, all though so small to work around in. I was like a monkey on the floor and fitting between the fixtures.LOL!!

Have a great week and happy painting.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Beadin By The Sea said...

Just beautiful, Ruth! The textured background adds so much depth and interest. I also love how you placed the three canvases together.

The background reminds me of how I painted my entire dining room last year with rags, a dark shade of red over rose (which I rolled). I was very happy with the result but it was tedious work!

Carole M. said...

such a delightful painting; beautiful colours with simplistic but artistic trees. Don't you just love them?! Thank you for sharing your beautiful art.