Tuesday, August 10, 2010

made in the shade

I love this image of these fellows painting outdoors under these mighty trees.
image from Life Magazine
Many artists will always find trees to be a wonderful subject to paint.
So much intrigue with the shadows caused by the leaves, the branches and the reflected light.
Note that the shadows are color and not gray.
Camille Pissarro painted "literary" trees.
He painted his self portrait and I adore the artwork he included behind himself.
His very own beard takes on the shape of a tree.
Can you see it?
(I like your tree, I mean your beard)
Each time I see one of Camille Pissarro's paintings, my eyes are more than just enjoying the shadows, I can almost hear the leaves speaking to one another.
Funny how many trees can become a forest.
Summer trees are whispering to one another that Autumn is ahead.
Go outside, find a lovely tree, try to read under the mighty bough's or sketch a tree.
There is something intoxicating about finding a shady spot to rejuvenate one's self in the midst of a hot August summer day.
Tell me, do you have a favorite shady spot?
all artwork by Camille Pissarro

15 comments:

Jane said...

I love PIssarro. Not as flashy or well known as your Gauguin or Monet, but he really gets under your skin.
Signac is someone else whom I think does not get his due. And Derain. Oh I better stop now.
And I agree his trees are superb, I can hear them too. xo

Stacey said...

These are such vivid paintings. They definitely pull you in too.

pve design said...

Jane-
Pissarro in fact loved and admired other masters - but to me - his work is so eloquent.
Hope you have a made in the shade day!
pve

Stacey-
Yes, all we need is a blanket and a picnic basket, right!~
pve

Gretchen said...

Under the big tree at the park. I park the blanket halfway under the tree and halfway out to get the best of both worlds(shade and sun:) Just might have to sketch the tree next time we are there...and bring some of our new pastels:) --G

pve design said...

Gretchen-
I thought of you on my trip to the New York Botanical Garden - lots of pretty letterpress things to taunt me.
Saying things like yoo, hoo, buy me!
I love the idea of a picnic.
pve

Stitchfork said...

One of my favorites is the white birch that shades one corner of the house - all the different shades and textures of the bark. And when the leaves start to drop (which they started last week)fall is on it's way.

Sensible Footwear said...

Thank you for the reminder to look again at Pissarro's work.

We were gazing at an ancient Turkey Oak in the park yesterday - majestical!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Gorgeous works! I was sipping some coffee yesterday on my back porch and notice reds in the trees I think they are already turning for fall! Have a wonderful day!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Love these images. The countryside always leaves me longing. What's that all about?

Liz, Viive and Benji said...

We have a fun photo essay my neighbor shot of "thoughtful spots." I am very attracted to paintings of trees and used to paint them compulsively, myself. Have you seen the Strutt's Trees. It was a survey of the great trees in England, and usually includes architectural elements--love them!
liz

Gramercy Home said...

Any shady spot is my favorite during the summer! Love the first image. Looks like a perfect way to spend a day. If only I could paint.

Allison Stephanie said...

Beautiful work... I have a definite love for art work of all kinds... especially peices that make you see the world in a different way.. thanks for sharing!!
xoxo
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Southern Lady said...

We have a several large oak trees around our house. I enjoy watching the changes that occur each season. I don't think I could ever paint them, however. I am amazed at those who can. Carla

pve design said...

I never realized how obsessed I am with trees. Wish we could find a shady spot and have a class on painting trees.
pve

annechovie said...

My favorite shay spot is under my lanai, away from the hot Summer sun. Hope you're staying cool! xx