Saturday, February 14, 2009

Finished Painting, "Wild Scarlet Macaw"

"Wild Scarlet Macaw", by Tree Pruitt.
11" x 14" acrylic paint on canvas board,
unframed but will fit standard frame without glass.

Please enjoy these first snap-shots of one of my most recent paintings, titled "Wild Scarlet Macaw". The available light sources were poor today, so unfortunately the white areas are a bit washed-out. Color variations and brush work are lost in most of these areas of the photos. At the left, see an example of the painting in a studio frame (frame not included when purchasing).

This unique piece incorporates both realism and abstraction, with Impressionist style brush strokes. The sculpted form of the bird arises from breaking the image up onto five separate canvas boards, the largest being 11" x 14", stacked and mounted to each other using heavy bodied acrylic gel medium. The image twists and morphs over the canvas boards. The edges are painted, and in many areas the design carries over onto another board. In other areas the image disappears, blending into the background.

The overall effect I desired to create was the experience of a Scarlet Macaw suddenly coming into the focus of the peripheral view; to mimic the action of a scene from a memory. The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is a large, colorful parrot. The memory involved a walk through a jungle like path at a public zoo, where I'd paused for a moment without having noticed such a colorful bird right before my eyes! The macaw shook its head, catching my attention, suddenly becoming a keen color contrast against the green foliage. So the bird may not have been actually "wild", but the finished painting offers a wild view! The event made for a pleasant memory and a very enjoyable art project!

*Original art images ©Tree Pruitt, unless otherwise indicated. Contact the artist prior to ANY use or for purchase information.


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