The artist loved the bush, and spent considerable time studying its beauty. Working from photographs and notes, especially after his accident, he then applied his skill and recreated scenes on his canvasses.
In this painting, that shows the interesting lower sections of a stand of silver gum trees, the artist used cropping technique employed by Impressionist painters.
The artist roughly used the ‘rule of thirds’ for this composition, and created nine areas on the canvas on which to paint. The skyline in the distance forms the base of the top third. An animal has been placed just off centre, at the base of the central third. The remaining third has been filled with grass.
The artist used a stippling technique, (dotting and dabbing with the tip of the brush), to create the grass, and it takes up almost half of the canvas. By altering the angles of the brushstrokes a ‘gully’ of grass has been created in the foreground, and this leads the viewer’s eye past the animal, to the centre of the painting. Here, a red roofed building stands. It has been strategically placed just off centre, and diagonally opposite the animal. This strengthens the mid-section of the painting.
The stands of gum trees on either side of the painting balance the painting. The shadows at their bases have been painted in a darker coloured green.
There is a strike of bright light in front of the building, in the central section. From here, the mid tones transition through the lavender-pink mountains on the horizon, to meet the creamy, soft clouds in the sky and this gives the painting visual depth. The deeper hues in the foreground intensify the effect.
This is a very realistic portrayal of gum trees that grow straight and tall.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)