Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Winter Song"
20x30 Oil On Primed Board
The process: This is my latest studio piece. I had an entire 2 days to work on this and started and finished within those 2 days. I started by laying in a magenta wash. (remembering the day, it seemed appropriate) That sat over night to set up. Then came in the next morning with the 'big sweep' that I was after in the painting. I drew in the character of the large tree with a dark, thin color to get it's placement and massed in the small bush paying close attention to the placement. I then started right in with massing in the far tree line with the 'average', not worrying about all the variations that would come later. The reason I needed to get in the 'average' is so I had something to relate my sky to in order to put the in sky in one session. I was aware that I needed to get the edges of the sky and tree line done in one session so they were wet into wet and the edges would meld together. (The sky was eating up the land that day creating an incredible harmony so the degree of difference between land and sky had to be very delicate and subtle) I then went in with the sky. I used the palette knife entirely for painting the sky, did not touch a brush. I started by mixing several pools of different temperatures in the same values. I used the play of warm and cool temps to create the vibration of light remembered. I worked the warmer colors on top of the cooler more magenta blue colors and worked warmer moving towards the subtle sun. I then broke in the subtle vibrating temps in the back tree line and worked the edges a bit between sky and trees. The large tree was important to me in this painting and was careful not to over render her but rather capture her character and grace. I then worked my way up to the front of the painting.
The inspiration: for this piece came from a piece of music (Winter Song was the name of the CD) and from driving around near Spring Valley Wisconsin last month in a beautiful hoar frost. We left home with every intention of painting that day and was so in awe of the day and all it's beauty, just continued to drive and photograph. Winter is so harmonious! It was just one of those days that it was simply to difficult to pick one particular spot to paint. Like many paintings I do, I was once again inspired and moved by a tree, I find them fascinating! Look at the grace in this beautiful creature. I would love to know what she has seen. . . I believe this is an old cottonwood but not entirely certain. . . . will find out this summer.
Composition decisions: When seeing this place and photographing it, I did not even notice the little wild plum tree growing in the front of her. It was not until I studied the photograph that I noticed this little imperfect bushy like tree. I had no intentions of putting him in until I began to compose the painting and realized for many reasons that he needed to be there and besides the over all atmosphere this little bush is one of my favorite parts now.


Marc R. Hanson said...

Calm, elegant, peaceful, tranquil... Beautiful!
Thanks for the vision.

René PleinAir. said...

It like a little son leaving home and mother is waving him goodbye ;-)

Marvelous work, thanks for sharing.

Leslie Belmonti said...

This is a very evocative painting Kami.

It does seem to have a story and it communicates quite clearly to the viewer.


Ben Bauer said...

I can really see the day in this Kami and with the mood work you have been doing a lot of lately I know what you are thinking because it is prevalent. I also want to add the color is key in this painting because it is a calm and collective composition. When color is king like it is in this it sets it for nothing but a total and peaceful and once again collective result. I like it lots.


Kami Polzin said...

Hi Rene, thanks for the comment. I just returned home from Florida on a little vacation and am just checking back in now. Good to be home!

Kami Polzin said...

Hi Leslie, Thanks for checking in. Hope you had a good week. What a beautiful weekend we're having here!

Wow! . . ."Evocotive" Thanks. :)

Kami Polzin said...

Hi Ben!

Thanks for your comments. You're insightful. You know, it's interesting, winter is just really naturally harmonious and moody to me. It's not difficult for me to find the harmony in winter at all, it's truly how I see it but more importantly, feel it when experiencing it. I find it incredibly peaceful and tranquil.

The comment you made about the color is true as well. I've been thinking a bit different (for me anyway) on color and mood and how it effects us emotionally when experiencing a place or a painting. I worked from a photo on this piece which helped me NOT AT ALL with color, as I'm sure you know. I used my memory of the day to trigger my color memory. Now when I'm outside I'm always asking myself "what the heck color is that anyway?" :) it helps!

Kami Polzin said...

Thanks Marc! :)

Erik said...

Hi Kim, found your blog through Marc's blog.
Beautiful paintings you have here, love the mood of that last one.

Kami Polzin said...

Thanks Erik! You have nice work as well. I enjoyed your site. Have a great weekend and happy Painting! -Kami