Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees Part 3
Part 3 is a continuation of the Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees blog posts. To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 2, click here.
The tree in my Plantation Monster piece has lots of character, and it almost feels scary or sinister. In my mind, that is due to what looks like an eye and sneering mouth that appear to form a tortured, screaming face from missing limbs. The dappled light helps reinforce that feeling as well. I immediately liked this tree, but it isn’t with the others that are near and around the house. It’s actually along the driveway that leads up to the mansion. I composed this on my way out just before we headed back to the cabin for lunch.
The tree in Behemoth feels nearly as menacing as my Plantation Monster piece, just in a different way. They both feature the same subject, and it was the first place I stopped on my way back into the plantation. The perspective I used captured the limbs coming out over the top of my head as if the thing was about to ensnare me. This tree has huge limbs (some bigger than the majority of trees on our property). I loved how they filled the frame and provided a sense of how large this big ‘ol boy is.
My artistic vision for Driveway Liners was to show a slice of the raw beauty one passes while on the plantation road. Indeed, the gravel drive is in the immediate middleground. I wondered how pretty the entrance and grounds were to visitors riding in a horse drawn buggy shortly after the mansion was constructed.
The tree in my Stately piece is another fine example of the alluring sights anyone on the driveway will pass. I decided to compose it in a way that would show the size (with limbs that stretch out far beyond the frame) while maintaining the tree’s majestic qualities (especially the Spanish moss streaking down from every limb and the patches of lush, green leaves). It’s hard to imagine owning land with a single tree this nice, let alone acres of them.
Yard Scene was composed on the West side of the mansion. My aesthetic goal was to simply capture the plantation’s picturesque side yard. Gorgeous trees, leaves, Spanish moss, grass, and lots of shade for those hot summer days – what more could anyone ask for from a yard?
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