Jewelweed (also known as touch-me-not) has seedpods that fly apart when touched. This painting was a rehearsal for my recent painting demo with the Glenview Art League. Thanks to the GAL for the opportunity. It was a lot of fun and helped me think about my painting in new ways. Both Jewelweed and Bindweed, and 21 other paintings are on display in the beautiful gallery space at Journeycare here in Glenview. The exhibit will be up for the month of March.
This photo is a little fuzzy. I’ll try to take a better one in a few days when the sun comes out. In this painting I tried to imitate the active brush strokes in some of Gustav Klimt’s forest paintings, like this one, and especially this one. As expected, I have even more appreciation for those paintings now. I have great memories of walking in the woods with my family as a kid. My parents taught us the names of some of the plants and trees. Adders Tongue, burn nettle, beech, sycamore. We tried to whistle through our hands and with the caps of acorns. We also went for trail walks with the extended family sometimes. Grandpa H. was a tree farmer. He’d comment on which trees were valuable, and how old they probably were, and which ones had an unfortunate bend or knot that made the lumber lower quality. Black walnuts were his favorite.
I based this painting on photos I took a few months ago when we were on the Des Plaines River Trail.
The girls kept me company in the art room today. Meredith was in an abstract mood – squares and triangles in bright, bold colors. Holly painted the yellow bottle of tempera, bar code and all :).