Trees in a Breeze 1, Further Reading

Painting in the Tarn Province near Castelnau de Montmiral, Trees in a Breeze [1] was first in a series exploring ways to paint this impossible subject.

Trees painted
Trees in a Breeze [1]

Introduction to this “Trees in a Breeze [1] and the series :

My Father sometimes said “difficult we do straight away, the impossible takes a bit longer“.

Trees painted in a breeze by Gordon Frickers measuring 40 x 50 cm (15¾” x 19¾”), oils, price £2000, ex studio, ex frame.

While studying at the renowned Painting School of Montmiral one of the challenges my mentor, the immensely knowledgeable Francis Pratt and I worked with was to paint trees.

The objectives included exploring ways to describe trees, as individuals and in groups, to develop techniques for tree painting, to explore my ‘natural’ as opposed to ‘learned’ colour vision.

Just in case that was to easy, I chose to paint these trees in a breeze, to see what happened when I tries to capture a feeling of them gently responding to the warm wind.

The latter meant finding ways to disengage my learned experience, to try to paint what i actually see as opposed to what I think I see.

When Francis first discovered I am what is popularly yet clearly miss named ‘colour blind’ he tested my sight and concluded “you can’t possibly be an artist with colour vision like that !”

Yet, I was already a moderately successful and noted painter…

By the end of the course he had revised his opinion to “you are very lucky, you have naturally what most painters strive to have for many years, many never achieve it“.

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Gordon Frickers © 09.04.2019

Trees and climate change:

With or without ‘Climate Change’, the benefits of re forestation are well documented and very worth while.

For models one only has to look at the history of damage done by goats to the Greek islands, the resulting desertification resultant in N Africa formally the ‘bread basket of the Roman Empire’ by successive waves of invaders, the Vandals, the Muslims whose careless husbandry ruined those previously fertile regions and the very positive results in Israel.

The latter, described in the Old Testament as “a land of milk and honey” was largely desolate land in 1850. Persistent tree planting and other good husbandry by Jewish people since then has returned that land to fertility.

It is now being copied with success in some neighbouring countries, Jordan being the prime example.

By simply looking at the region using Google Earth one can see the difference and see how the Gaza region has been ruined over the past 15 years by poor husbandry.

In Europe a fine example is the oak forest in southern France, decimated during WW1 for timber to trenches, replanted mostly by just one man, a Shepard who always filled his pockets with acorns before going into the hills.

France gave him The Legion de Honor.

You too can make a difference.

Trees are vital.?

Gordon Frickers.


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