There comes a time in a painting when you have to set it down and come back to it after a couple months and I feel like that's what I have to do with this one.
This particular painting has challenged me from the beginning. I spent a lot of time researching different techniques on how to paint trees, several tutorials watched on leaves, and finally I compared different seasons. Ultimately I decided on fall; particularly because it's my favorite season. The colors are beautiful, the overwhelming amount of joy people feel when surrounded by all these happy, warm colors is emenseful, and I knew it would be a challenge. But I did not realize how HARD it is to paint leaves and make them look realistic. I tried various techniques over the course of this painting. At first, I started painting leaf, by leaf, by leaf. Then I tried the more post-impressionistic style of detail. I finally decided on a more blended type of leaf.
I've noticed that in my art, I struggle mostly because it never comes out the way I anticipate it too. This painting I really wanted to come out as a deep, autumn forest, but even though it's more of a painting straight from a "Dr. Seus" Book, I like this painting just as much as I would if it had come out the way I had anticipated it. I know I sturggled, and deep down I'm still confused on why it was so hard to work the paint the way I normally do- but in the end this painting was a very difficult challenge and just the fact I completed it makes me feel like I accomplished something.
The theme developed over the course of this painting, when I look at this work I just think "Imagine the Impossible." To me, I think that because if I were really walking down this road, looking at these trees, it would be a beautiful happy sight. Though the trees and leaves are far from realistic, that's what gives me the "impossible" vibe.