Welcome to my "Four seasons" painting series where I'm going to let nature be our art teacher. I'll be painting and drawing trees, leaves, foliage and other things found in nature as they appear in each season. There is so much we can learn from each season, and I think each one gives us on the plate just the perfect thing we can focus on. Like there is no better time to study the bare bones, the structure of trees than winter, there is no better time to learn about the wildness of colors than Autumn.
Spring gives us a unique chance because trees in this season turn ephemeral shades of pink and white. They're at once poetic, fragile yet overwhelmingly beautiful to behold.
What can painting this incredible spectacle teach us about art? Well, first, it's a great chance to practice watercolors which is a perfect medium for capturing the fragility of the almost transparent pink petals. Using this medium leads us onto the next crucial element: value. We learn to make a watercolor value scale and look at how layers can create an illusion of dark and light tonal differences. And, unlike the Autumn class which focuses on bright, saturated colors, we learn to make our colors subdued, gentle, pale and elegant.
In this class, we will spend time in a cherry orchard and learn these elements step-by-step. We'll make small studies and when our skills are up to scratch we'll put it all together to make two larger blossoming trees.
Choose any part of the landscape dear to you, this could be something local or a place you lived in in the past. If you've never lived in a place with a lot of blossom, you can paint from photos (or visit one of such places, like a cherry orchard, good excuse :). If you're doing it for real, go on a walk, take some pictures. The goal isn't really to paint a particular scene that you see but rather, after you've marinated in spring's overwhelming beauty, make a kind of a synthesis of a few images, a tree, a scene or just blossom. I'd love to see your paintings or mini painting if that works better for you, in the project gallery!