View Full Version : Big Trees - keep on growin

Mark Newton
01-28-2007, 05:56 AM
I really have a hard time doing big closeup trees...must do more and make them a strength, not a weakness,,.....just something about them that bugs me. Using photos for reference of an area I stayed at for a couple of nights recently.

3'x2' gessoed mdf.




01-28-2007, 06:45 AM
One of the things I like about your landscapes is the almost alien feel ( at least to those not blessed to live down under ) You may not like doing large trees but you do them well, I really like the depth in the bark

01-28-2007, 07:40 PM
I like the painting but especially appreciate the texture of the bark and really like the ground area.

chammi kaiser
01-29-2007, 03:54 AM
I like this as I like all your work. The colours are wonderful giving the sense of heat and dryness. The flaking bark on the tree is superbly painted.

01-29-2007, 04:39 AM
I really like the area where the tree just meets with the ground. Lots of interesting little shapes and colors in there. Very nice! :D

01-29-2007, 05:01 AM
Mark, this is brilliant, the way you've captured the light almost gives it a 3d look on my screen, quite dramatic.
I cannot see that you have any problem, maybe it takes you a bit longer than your speedy landscapes, but this is a perfect Aussie gum.Again an excellent palette.

Leslie Pz
01-29-2007, 08:31 AM
Wonderful! Love the colors. The texture on the tree is wonderful!

01-29-2007, 08:38 AM
like your trees

01-30-2007, 04:16 PM
Fantastic trees - can't see anything wrong at all!

01-30-2007, 05:44 PM
Cool! Feels very exotic and almost surreal. This is a painting I'd want a print of, if that's possible.
edit: Or at least a high-def jpg :)

01-30-2007, 06:16 PM
fabulous work Mark! I so love these trees, and you've captured a very Australian landscape.
Love your country, such a vast land of contrasts.
Stayed at Glenelg when we were in Adelaide a few years ago:)

Charlie's Mum
01-30-2007, 06:29 PM
Wonder why you're not happy?
Lovely sense of vast space, heat empty land (almost!) ... just as my imagination sees your country!
The textures and colours of the tree itself are super - what's not to be happy about eh?
I like this :D

Margaret 59
01-30-2007, 06:42 PM
Great close up of the branch.

01-30-2007, 08:40 PM
Mark: This tree is fantastic. I love the colors and the texture and just everything about it. If I could do half as well I would be really happy.:clap:

01-31-2007, 10:54 AM
Good for you Mark - nice work! I am on the same quest (better trees!) although our trees are very different from yours! I agree with everyone - your foilage and bark are really convincing!

01-31-2007, 02:11 PM
I like how you challenge yourself with "make it a strength and not a weakness". I will use that when I'm feeling intimidated by a subject. Trees are also one such subject. All those leaves scare the bristles off my brushes.

I love all your work Mark. You are one artist I'd like to watch at work.