By Matthew Zappala
Jan. 21-March 31, 2017
I first began painting a lone willow tree growing by the roadside. It was early spring and the leaves had just turned light green. As the seasons changed I revisited the tree.
At times the paintings demonstrated subtle changes. At other times the works reflected distinct seasonal changes. Later I painted a group of willows, changing the composition by altering the distance as well as the time of day. Sometimes my eye was drawn to a group of branches within an individual tree.
There was a balance between the tree’s branches and trunk and the pattern the leaves made. The trees and leaves dominated the picture as the background and foreground played a less important role in the composition. The brushwork lends itself to a post impressionist style; colors are bold allowing some areas to delineate movement and others to fill in sections as texture.
While Monet consciously painted haystacks in each season, I
painted a few willow trees and only later on did I start the process of painting them as the seasons changed.
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