Old Growth Trees in Winter
Jan 21, 2023
Being surrounded by the winter landscape, I was drawn to the old growth trees. Looking at them without their leaves gives insight into their individual shape, color, and texture. Evidence of good times and bad as they continue to grow.
This gnarly old tree reminded me of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings.
Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917-2009) loved painting trees in winter. Wyeth’s work could surely help me learn how to approach painting these beautiful, ancient trees. PBS has a film in its American Masters series dedicated to Andrew Wyeth.
Learning from this beloved American artist, it was clear he painted the integrity of the tree. All the strengths and weaknesses are there. Also, It is central to the image, which gives the impression of scale. Somehow, they are comforting to me. Strength and longevity does exist.
Here are a couple of my sketches of trees that caught my eye.
Do you have a favorite Andrew Wyeth painting?
“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.” Andrew Wyeth
Thank you for being here. I’ll be painting trees. See you next week.
Your drawings of the tree’s shows the spirit that’s in them . Wonderful !
Thank you so much!
Andrew Wyeth is my favorite rd Ute artist of modern times.
We lived in PA near his beautiful farm in PA. We frequently visited the Brandywine Museum that had Andrews father, son, sister’s art on display.
I love all Andrews work. His palette is beautiful, I love his subjects and compositions!
Oh YES! You and me both! I have been the Brandywine Museum once. Hope I make it back again.
I have an Andrew Wyeth print hanging in our family room that is a painting of a chair in a room with a window in the background and a jacket on the chair. It is meaningful to me because it was one of the first pictures that my parents had on their wall when they were young, married, and poor.
Oh! Thank you for sharing that with us. Uncle John and Aunt Emma have always been role models for me in the appreciation of the visual arts. Every time I visited you home I was swept away by all the paintings. Such variety! Love knowing that they had a Wyeth in their home since the beginning. A love story for sure.
That description makes me think of uncle John sitting in the upstairs room in the beach house, smoking his pipe and the wonderful smell that came from it! I was just telling somebody the other day how much I love my uncle John Cottingham and the pipes always remind me of him. Thank you Missy for sharing this!
LOVE your sketches Michel!!!!!! They are an inspiration!!! YOU are an inspiration!!!!!💗🖼🎨
Thank you, Jeannie! It is such fun taking inspiration from the land, master artists, and watching it influence my work – and that of my precious students. I am not sure if it shows, but I love each one of you dearly. : )
Nice sketches. Look forward to seeing your paintings from this trip. Loved your comments on old trees and Andrew Wyeth. We were so fortunate to have his work in Greenville for many years.
I was so inspired there. Love of family and a new landscape. Can’t wait to tell you all about it. Painting going good, but slow. New things….take longer.
What a coincidence: I listed to a podcast today on People I (Mostly) Admire with Suzanne Simard about trees. Absolutely fascinating. Thanks for the beautiful trees!
Here’s a link to the show. “How Smart is the Forest?” Imma listen.
I love it when things like that come together. Thanks for the heads up for the podcast. Love a good listen.
I love seeing all the trees, but I especially love seeing your sketches as you create them coming to life right before our eyes! Wonderful trees, Michelle!
Thanks, Tina. Hope you are doing well.