One of the things I love about winter is you can really see the underlying “skeletal” structure of the forest-
“Oak Trees in Winter” – Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on paper, 8″ x 10″. C. 2018
For this first piece from yesterday’s painting session I randomly squirted water on a blank sheet of paper from a squirt bottle then dropped diluted acrylic paint in some of the wet spots. As the paint spread out it revealed the Branch like patterns that with very little finessing turned into the silhouettes of oak trees in a snowy forest.
“Winter Forest” – Original painting by M J Seal. Acrylic on paper, 12″ x 9″. C. 2018
In the second piece what started out as basic local tree shapes transformed into a reef of sinuous dendrites over soft gray background washes. From a distance it looks almost like a local forested landscape in the snow but on closer inspection the tree forms look more like very animated black coral.