Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Backlit

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Beautiful old willows line the edges of many fields in this valley. Some were deliberately planted as windbreaks. Some grew spontaneously along ditches and streams, where moisture-seeking seeds found their way. Still others began their lives as fenceposts!

Willows are prolific. Left unchecked, they grow dense, and farmers thin them out when they clog ditches or encroach on fields. Sometimes cut limbs find new life--literally-in fencerows. If they are still green when put back in the ground, they will often sprout limbs and grow into new trees.

10 comments:

Suzanne said...

Nice, Don. I like that gold on the mountain in the back.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Suzanne. Interesting work and ideas going on over at your blog/s, as usual.

Cooper Dragonette said...

Terrific painting Don. The composition is dynamite--great organic and inorganic lines. I'm gonna have to go find a good tree!

Don Gray said...

Hi Cooper, good to hear your encouraging words--thanks. I've been loving your winter surf and rock series.

Jason Waskey said...

Nice, Don!

I particularly like the touch of grey here and there on the branches.

Don Gray said...

Much appreciated, Jason!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You've captured the personality of this majestic old tree.
In New England, most of the old growth trees seem to be in cemeteries which boast the most riotous fall color during the season. I like to paint there.

Don Gray said...

Thanks for the visit and nice comments, Mary.

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

this is terrific. wondering if it was plein air? I never can photograph a backlit subject and get any info from the photo after the fact--

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Rhonda. Not plein air, I had photo reference which was very loosely interpreted. In the photo the tree was virtually a black silhouette, and background hills were bleached out, so I tried to compensate for both