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Tom Christopher
04-30-2009, 08:55 PM
Hello .. I spotted this old tree on my way home from work. I enjoy doing these old tree studies --finding the just the right tree for the painting is the real challenge--about 22x28 inches.. pastel on paper ....comments welcome....thanks tom



04-30-2009, 09:04 PM


04-30-2009, 09:10 PM
Beautiful Tom, as always -- what is the underpainting? Oil or watercolor? Love your work!!

Tom Christopher
04-30-2009, 09:47 PM
Beautiful Tom, as always -- what is the underpainting? Oil or watercolor? Love your work!!

Thank you..... this a watercolor underpainting on uart paper ---tom

pastel lover
04-30-2009, 11:29 PM
Hi Tom,

This is gorgeous! I would say that you found the perfect tree & painted the perfect painting.


Paula Ford
05-01-2009, 12:11 AM
I just love old trees but can't seem to make them look real when painted.

Beautiful piece Tom! You did that old tree justice.

05-01-2009, 05:25 AM
I love the brightness of this and the colour,


05-01-2009, 07:08 AM
You've captured the light on the tree perfectly! It's gorgeous.

05-01-2009, 10:00 AM
What a beatiful tree! I LOVE your work!!

Mary Brigid
05-01-2009, 10:04 AM
love that light purple on the tree. Smashing
Mary Brigid

Deborah Secor
05-01-2009, 11:09 AM
Tom, I want to encourage you to consider leaving even more of that underpainting showing as you progress through layers. I think the delight of the incidental transparent marks, with the strong tree painted in pastel over it, would make a dynamite painting in so many ways! I saw some work recently that used abstracted, almost uncontrolled incidental background marks to suggest a context, with a beautifully painted and extremely realistic (hyper-realistic) subject on top, and it was very effective. That's probably why I thought to suggest it. It's not easy to do, I suspect. Your photo is blurry, so I can't tell how much of the underpainting is left to see in this one... Anyway, just an idea for you!

If this one was my painting, I think I'd play down the value of the horizontal branch against the sky a little more. The angle, value and width of it seem a little distracting to me.

You do these old trees so well! The light on it is wonderful.