New Painting: Red Maple

While blog surfing one day, I came across a nature blog focused on the Appalachian area at Joan’s Nature Journal. There was a photograph of woods in late fall that inspired me to create this painting. It’s a large painting, 4 feet wide and 3 feet high. There is not enough wall space at the house, so it will probably end up at the office once it’s dried, varnished and framed.

Red Maple

6 thoughts on “New Painting: Red Maple

  1. Hi,
    You have my permission to use the photograph. I would like your permission to use the image of the painting on my blog. You are the 3rd artist I know of who used my photos for inspiration. That’s fine but it’s good to get permission ahead of time.

    Lovely painting. When I took the picture, I was thinking it would make a good painting.

    1. Well – funny when inspiration hits. Thanks. You must be doing something right when painters keep being compelled and inspired by your work.
      I guess we have exchanged links. The painting is in my blog – with photographic credit to you (I changed it to link directly to the entry) and also on my website under Artwork ~ 2010 and on.

  2. Eric Petrie

    Norbie gives all his stuff to the grid, gratis.

    Thanks, Norbs. This painting seems to be something special–a new confidence in your technique or something. Or maybe I am just getting more familiar with your technique. But I really like the color contrasts, and the simple brush-strokes to convey detail. Nice job!

    And the bark seems ghostly. And I like the color splash with the quiet, even cold background. You see, I just keep going on. I really like it.

  3. Eric Petrie

    Actually, what I like best is the warm colors on the forest floor, and the cold colors of the bark and background. It is a really fine contrast.

    The photo is inspiring, but the painting really stands out. It reminds me of Van Gogh’s comment about the difference between photos of his friends and portraits. He always preferred the painting to the photo.

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