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surreal
05-17-2003, 01:18 PM
Hi~
This is in gouache on paper and is 6 x 8.5".
All comments are welcome.

DanaT
05-17-2003, 01:24 PM
Hi Nina :)

I love the gesture of the branches. This piece just shouts movement.

Have you thought of doing something similar with cut out paper like a collage a la Matisse?

This type of work just reminds me of his great color paper collages in his later years.

Kalibabe
05-17-2003, 04:11 PM
As much as the tree, I like the backgrounds on these......

I like the different colours between the different branches.

I esp. Like the autumnal colours around the trunk, they add a lovely contrast:D

Adrienne
05-17-2003, 04:15 PM
Wonderful strength and beauty radiating from this tree :)

warter
05-17-2003, 05:16 PM
Really like the close up view & color harmony. The gesture and movement are excellent. Great job !!!!

marc
05-17-2003, 07:57 PM
I'm crazy about those trees..

I think it's like a drug.

This might be a new favourite, or at least a close second. The varying negative space colouring works great, and the swirls near the base of the trunks are pure eyecandy.

surreal
05-18-2003, 04:57 PM
Hi Dana, Kalibabe, Adrienne, warter & marc, :)

Thanks so much for your very lovely comments, which are greatly appreciated!
:D
Dana-Thanks for what you said about Matisse. :)
Collage and cut-outs don't interest me right now, but who knows what will occur in the future? ;)

Marc- Unlike other drugs, the trees aren't bad for one's health.
Thanx alot!!! LOL :)

scandia3815
05-18-2003, 05:37 PM
The colors you have chosen here are almost electric-- a great effect when combined with the feeling of current and direction achieved by the branches. Another engaging peice of work in this series, I really enjoy these :)

Aaron.

surreal
05-18-2003, 11:07 PM
Aaron,
Thanks alot for your feedback.

:)

amanda
05-19-2003, 03:27 AM
Those extra little swirlys down the bottom add a great deal to this one. I like your developement.

surreal
05-19-2003, 08:18 AM
Hi Amanda,
Thanks so much for your feedback.
:)

Fagan
05-19-2003, 09:48 AM
Lovely tree! I also like the warm branches near the bottom.

surreal
05-19-2003, 07:47 PM
Thank you, Beverly!

kare
05-24-2003, 06:03 AM
Nina,
a bit late on commenting on this one, sorry! just wondering.. whats gouache like? does it apply as well as oils and acrylics?

love this tree.. i agree- the colours between the branches add extra interest!

jenna_searcher
05-24-2003, 10:35 AM
i always love the little curls of branches near the base of the trunk. :)

surreal
05-24-2003, 11:03 AM
ciarrai - Thanks for your feedback!
Gouache is opaque watercolor. If you have painted with
watercolors, you'll find it very similar.
It applies differently than acrylic and oil paints.
I love painting with it though. I recommend that you give
it a try! :D
Jenna - Thanks so much for commenting.
It's good to hear from you. :D

only1tomb
05-24-2003, 03:13 PM
Eyecandy!!!

surreal
05-24-2003, 07:51 PM
only1tomb,
Thanks for commenting!

katz
05-24-2003, 10:03 PM
I always enjoy the shapes of your trees. The branches are like arms reaching out. I like the colors of this tree. All of your trees are unique in your own style.
Gay:)

surreal
05-25-2003, 01:10 AM
Hi Gay,
Thanks for your very kind words.

ginatec
05-25-2003, 12:30 PM
Another great work...like the other one this is full of energy and movement

surreal
05-25-2003, 09:05 PM
Thanks so much, Ginatec!!!

artistatheart
05-26-2003, 12:45 PM
hi nina love your trees, after your coment on critizinum i had to come see all your trees they are wonderfull.

Gar
05-26-2003, 12:54 PM
This tree has pubic hair.

surreal
05-26-2003, 02:25 PM
Hi artistatheart,

Thanks so much.
I appreciate your remarks greatly.

:)

surreal
05-26-2003, 02:27 PM
Hi Gar,

In response to:

This tree has pubic hair.

LOL.
Ya really think so?

If you want to say you think the painting sux, go right ahead.
:D

Luzie
05-26-2003, 02:37 PM
I just fell of my chair reading this!

The tree has pubic hair.

Gar, you are killing me!:D

Surreal, I hope you won't take this personal, but it IS funny!

:D

Surreal, I wish I could critizise your tree or comment on it but they all kind of look alike (which is probably not politically correct of me to say) so I run out of comments:)

I am wondering why you are not venturing out as I am sure there are other subjects you could handle:D

surreal
05-26-2003, 02:42 PM
Hi Luzie,

Gar's comment is funny; I agree with you.

Regarding your comments below:
Surreal, I wish I could critizise your tree or comment on it but they all kind of look alike (which is probably not politically correct of me to say) so I run out of comments

No problem. :)
I know that alot of folk agree with you, thinking that the trees "kind of look alike." This became obvious to me after the poll I posted ended.
:D

I love painting and drawing trees at the present time and feel challenged by what I am doing.

I paint for myself and I am digging the heck out of my trees.
:D

I would have liked to say more but I have an errand to run.

Thanks, Luzie. I appreciate your honesty.

surreal
05-26-2003, 02:47 PM
OOPS!!!

I forgot to mention that alot of other folk like and love my trees.

6 or 7 of them (drawings and paintings) have been purchased by WC folk.

Also, a publisher of a book of poetry wants to use one of the trees as a cover art for the book.
I cannot divulge any details regarding the above until the deal is sealed.

marc
05-26-2003, 02:51 PM
Congrats on the publishing Nina. It's very deserved, but you know I think those trees are very unique, expressive, and beautiful.

surreal
05-26-2003, 04:59 PM
Hi Marc,
Your remarks are much appreciated.
:)

Luzie
05-26-2003, 09:55 PM
I forgot to mention that alot of other folk like and love my trees.


...and there we go...I never said I didn't like your trees...

I simply said it's hard to comment when they share the same basics (they all have a good flow, composition is similiar, the colors vary). This exactly what happens when one is honest, it will be taken (overly) sensitive and things are taken personal.
And that's why there might be so much "fluff" around?

I thought comments here were also meant to be stimulating (that's why I asked why you don't try other subjects as well since I have no doubt you could - of course if you like to stick with trees that's your very good right!). I myself would not mind if someone posted "why don't you do a landscape once in a while to experiment?". It's a suggestion that I don't have to follow up on but I could if I wanted to and might even like it.
I had comments where people suggested changes to my paintings, some of the points/problems in my paintings brought up I had already suspected myself and felt validated to make changes after seeing others recognized the same weak spots. Other comments I did not feel the same way about and I changed nothing, you got to take your pick.
Critique is not a personal attack, I never said I didn't like your trees!

surreal
05-26-2003, 10:04 PM
Hi Luzie,

Let's please forget about it all!

I clearly overreacted to what you said.
:)
I am not angry with you at all; you quite obviously said what you did out of sincerity.

At the time, I had other aggravating things on my mind, and am sorry for my overreaction to your words and defensiveness.


:)

Luzie
05-26-2003, 10:20 PM
No problem;)

beatle_john
05-26-2003, 10:44 PM
Looking pretty much as a tree's spirit :)

Regards...

surreal
05-26-2003, 10:49 PM
Thank you, John.
:)