The house is in a constant state of prettifying. On Friday morning, I was requested to make a series of paintings. I knew I wanted to make something with gum leaves or gum trees, so this was what I conjured up for the stairway.
The first was this child-like close-up of a little broken twig with gum pods on it. (The nice things you can find on the ground!) It took a fair bit longer than I had wished to spend, given how I am not a big fan of it at the end… To be honest I don’t know why I chose purple as the background, too. (I wanted something light.)
Moving on to the second, I thought to have fun with the leaves. Such a great practice of brush strokes… Stuck a real gum leaf and painted it gold, if you can spot it.
Finally, I love bark. In keeping with the purple and pop theme, I thought to play on an “inversion” of colours, i.e. the background is of real bark colour while painting actual bark pieces brightly. I conclude that 1. sticking curved bark pieces on wet paint is very time-consuming, and 2. achieving the colour of bark is a lot more difficult than it looks — it is not brown, but more grey — and went with splashes of gold instead.