Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees Part 4
Part 4 is a continuation of the Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees blog posts. To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 3, click here.
The magnificent tree in my Limbs composition is near the back edge of the yard behind the plantation mansion. I was struck by how massive the limbs were (they appear to be so long and heavy and pull down with such force that it causes them to arch as they come off the trunk). Some have been bent to where they nearly touch the ground. I loved the pattern they formed while flowing out and across the frame and how the leaves and Spanish moss provided both detail and color.
The tree in my Skyscraper piece is tall, majestic, and typical of the beauty that abounds throughout the plantation yards. I placed the subject in a location where the limbs support a visual journey through the frame. The background leaves add color and detail while the sweeping Spanish moss both softens and creates texture depending on movement and/or relative position.
I was attracted to how the trunk in Quadruple consists of four distinct sections that then rise and split off to form branches that fill the frame.
Weightlifter features a tree that appears to be posing in a way reminiscent of a body builder showing off their arm muscles. Indeed, it made me consider the tremendous amount of mass that the trunk must be able to hold up. Most of the plantation trees appear to be small ecosystems that are capable of supporting other life (e.g., moss, ferns, vines, Spanish moss, lizards, and insects).
There is no ground for a point of reference in my Nature’s Awning piece because I couldn’t resist the scene when looking up into the tree limbs at this spot. I loved how the limbs flowed across the entire frame and shot out like a flash of lightening to ever smaller branches. I placed the main group of leaves and limb diagonally to bisect the frame. The Spanish moss and background leaves soften the fractal-like angles of the limbs and branches while adding color and texture. Given that the perspective is skyward and very little sky is visible in the background, it is easy to see how the trees can provide so much natural shade for the backyard.
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