Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New painting: progress shots

I've just completed a painting which went to it's new home this week. I thought I'd show some progress shots of how it evolved.

This tree represents a time and place, a special marker of memory for its new owner. I love how trees are living, breathing monuments to our own personal histories. I don't know anyone who can't pinpoint a special tree in their past or their present. Or isn't moved by a particular kind of tree, usually one familiar from childhood. (For me, it's the gum tree. But you probably already figured that out!)

It's a painstaking process to describe the minute detail of a tree trunk with paint. (You can see in the collage above the teeny-tiny brush I use throughout the process.) But there is something soothing about the work. It's easy to slip into that beautiful state of creative flow almost as soon as I sit in front of the canvas.

This is the finished work:

Jodi Wiley - On Saunders Street (for Kath), acrylic on canvas, 30.5cm x 20.5cm, 2014