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.