Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tree Portraits

Mighty Oak is an 8x8 oil done in plein air by Shirley Fachilla.  
Painting a tree is a bit like painting a portrait. In a portrait, the artist usually tries to catch both the essence and the likeness of the subject. Trees, especially as they age, seem to develop their own “essence,” their own character, if you will.
To paint such a tree is to paint a subject that is very much a distinct being, unduplicated, even in a forest of trees!   
To see what I mean, you might visit the website of Tennessee artist, Charles Brindley. He has painted many beautiful, aged trees; each Brindley tree is a one-of-a-kind; each is a beautiful portrait.
(My Mighty Oak lives on a nearby golf course and I think has character to spare.)

1 comment:

  1. Dear Shirley!
    It is my honor and privilege to be the first to write a comment on one of your finest paintings, "Mighty Oak!"
    With your art skills and your emotions you magnificently captured the essence of this wondrous tree!
    This fine painting of yours is one more reason talented and spiritual artists like yourself are very important to humankind.
    Thank you for sharing your fine art work for all to enjoy.
    Take care,
    Your art buddy,


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Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...