I’ve been on a roll artistically this week and am thrilled to have yet another new piece to share with you!
You may remember my piece, “Tree By The Creek,” created almost entirely from dots. This piece (pictured below) was the inspiration for my newest panel piece, “Through The Seasons.” Despite its inclusion in this series, “Tree By The Creek” is still available for sale independently.
“Tree By The Creek” is available on Etsy or for sale directly through me.
This piece is one of my personal favorites. When a friend and fellow artist suggested that I create additional panels to accompany “Tree By The Creek” I was excited and inspired! I instantly got to work.
The first step was to decide how best to arrange the panels I planned to create. This part comes first because it helps me figure out how best to arrange the elements so that they are aesthetically pleasing.
I went through several different layouts. These are the ones I considered before I settled on the layout I used for the piece:
While each layout had its own particular merits, each one had something missing or something that limited the design I wanted to create. The layout I chose allowed me to link all four seasons to one specific scene. This is what I chose:
Creating the Piece:
After I chose the layout for the panels and did a considerable amount of planning, I worked on the fun part: The artwork itself. I don’t want to bore you with the details of each and every step of my process, so I thought instead I would show you a slideshow of the piece evolving and coming together.
I want to apologize for the jumps in this slideshow. I will admit that at times I was so focused on the piece that I forgot to take screenshots of my process. This mostly occurred at the beginning of the process. It will appear that a million things happened right off the bat and then progress slowed down considerably. That isn’t really how it happened, but it does add an interesting touch to the slideshow.
Slideshow: “Through The Seasons”
As you can see, I didn’t work on one panel at a time the way I have with most of my other pieces. Instead, I found that it was much more helpful to the process to work on the piece as a whole and jump around from section to section as I got new ideas. I believe that doing so really helped create a cohesive piece.
The Final Piece:
“Through The Seasons”
About This Piece:
To the many of you who have commented, “you really love trees,” yes, I really do. I love creating representations of trees in my own personal style and I especially love the fluid lines and bright colors I get the pleasure of using when I do. This piece was no exception.
Many have asked me, Why trees? Why seasons? And I have given this a lot of thought. I think there is just something magical about something that goes through so many changes every single year and always maintains its beauty. I really enjoy being able to show that progression and that evolution in my artwork. It is something that both challenges and inspires me.
I think in a weird way, these pieces are my self portrait. No, I’m not crazy and I don’t believe I am some mythical tree goddess or spirit. It’s more of a metaphoric thing. My life is very fluid right now and I am going through drastic changes with each new season. I have hardships and face challenges, but I always seem so come back from them and bloom into something new and exciting. My business, for example. Every time something upsets me in my personal life, it draws me back to SMARTdesigns, to creating. It is how I make sure to stay positive, even when every impulse screams to curl up in a ball and cry. And even when things are going wonderfully (as they are now) I still have my art to challenge me and keep me focused on what I want.
I guess you could say that my trees keep me sane.
Here’s a closer look at each panel:
I had a lot of trouble with Winter. I wanted to create the silvery white sky that I have been seeing for what seems like forever (though my rational mind tells me it has only been a few months) but I didn’t want this piece to clash with the other panels. I finally decided to settle for a bluish silver that would accomplish both goals.
And yes, I did add a St. Louis Cardinal. Despite my personal apathy towards all things baseball related.
Spring was the easiest panel to complete because I was working with a piece I had already created. That said, creating the initial piece, “Tree By The Creek” took weeks.
As you can see, this piece is not identical to “Tree By The Creek.” I added part of an additional tree so create a sense of flow between this panel and Fall. I also tweaked the background gradient a few times to match the other panels.
Summer is probably my least favorite panel because I found that it was quite limiting. I wanted to create a panel that would tie in the sky and the bright yellow sun, but because of the layout, I wasn’t able to do much else. That said, I am pleased with the way it turned out.
Fall was the most fun panel to create. As I have mentioned before, Fall is without a doubt my favorite season! I just love the bright colors!
I am still working out the details and pricing for “Through The Seasons.” If I priced the piece based on the time spent creating it, I would have to price it at a couple hundred dollars. Obviously that won’t do, so I need to figure out a reasonable price.
If you are interested in purchasing this piece, feel free to make me an offer! I make no promises, but I might be willing to discuss fees.
UPDATE: This piece is now available on Etsy! Click here to see it! Price: $80
Fall and Winter: 12×18 inches
Spring and Summer: 18×12 inches
I recommend hanging the panels approximately 1.5 inches apart on all sides.
As I mentioned, I have created many other new pieces recently! To see the rest of my new pieces, visit my Etsy shop!