Bare trees under a winter sky



Under a gray winter sky

The days feel much colder now as January is half way through. After visiting Portugal, it feels even colder here in Santa Monica. The sky seemed to become an endless gray cover and I found myself reaching for black, white and every shade between the two. My own version of 50 Shades of Gray… This painting is a black and white version of the last post which was filled with rich and warn hues of brown and gold. I also used some mediums to make the surface appear rough and worn like an old tree weathering a winter.

Drifting from bright color to the gray day

This painting took some time to develop, and then a while to dry. I have continued to experiment with black and white with a small amount of color and will post some of those works soon. While in Portugal, I went to a museum dedicated to a woman who was an abstract artist. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva grew up in Lisbon and was greatly influenced by the structures around her. If you are interested, you can read about here in Wikipedia at I was impressed by the museum and the people who were there working the day I came were very gracious. The museum is near the aqueduct. I have been inspired by her work and inspired by a country that dedicates a museum to a woman who was an abstract artist – a rarity.

Less is more – the impact of sparse color

I am intrigued with the impact of very little color in a work. I have been experimenting with a more structured look like da Silva. It is strange to do something so completely different than my colorful work.

Thanks for stopping by …

I appreciate everyone’s feedback … it is inspiring to hear from others and also to visit your blogs to see your travel pictures, and read about your experiences. The best part of WordPress is that I can interact with people from around the world. I am currently trying to decide where to go next, so I will be reading about your trips. My next trip is the end of March and beginning of April… I’m hoping to explore a country I haven’t seen yet.


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Filed under Acrylic, Art, design, environment, impasto, paintings, Santa Monica, travel, trees

19 responses to “Bare trees under a winter sky

  1. like this a lot! And am a huge fan of vieira da silva – glad to hear there’s a whole museum of her

  2. Less is definitely more; I love this as much as the previous with the warm brown and gold hues. Lovely.

  3. This one is very intriguing; when I first clicked over I thought it was a manipulated photograph. Would love to see more.

  4. Thank you … it has a completely different look and texture.

  5. sirrahh

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of the posts. LeRoy Neiman’s works always interest me. All the best to you.

  6. aloha Trish – i like the texture a lot – i also like the format you’ve chosen – that long vertical works well with the tree sense. playing with color too is way cool and yeah, that relationship whether it is full of color or reduced color is always fun to work with too (imo). cool. aloha

  7. I prefer your 50 Shades of Gray, for it leaves more to the imagination…

  8. Thanks for the like. I loved your Mardi Gras shots….love to know where to get a pair of brown, Pleather shorts!

    With Warm Aloha,

  9. Your paintings are very expressive and have an intriguing sense of movement. Your works are beautiful and powerful.

  10. Thank you, Shelley…I never thought about the movement in my work but I see what you mean.

  11. Yes Trish, This painting is very different to those shared in your previous posts. It can be very challenging diverging from a preferred style of working – but it can also be enriching. I like the way this painting and the one in the previous post evoke the textures of twisted, gnarled wood.They remind me of the trunks and branches of coastal trees withstanding the battering of wind, sand and salt.

  12. It is interesting to make a shift … my trip to Portugal has inspired some new work using shades of gray with little color. I am planning to post something soon from this batch of new works in progress… stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Wow! I love that. I’m partial to shades of gray. I guess that goes along with liking black and white photography all these years. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thanks for dropping by my site and liking Babylon Sans Hanging Gardens. I like your art and your way of writing about it. Enjoy your next trip. We love travel and weren’t able to do much last year.

  15. I love your shades of gray painting. It looks very lifelike. Wishing you the best on your future endeavors.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

  16. Quite a departure, Trish. I’m very impressed with your willingness to experiment and soak up other influences. We always learn something from experiments and viewing the work of other artists. And I must agree: it’s amazing how powerful a restricted color palette can be. Wishing you all the best! : )

  17. Awesome painting, wonderful form and texture!

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