Study 68: Art Resolutions-Form in the Shadows

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.

Salt Lake City, Tuesday, June 1, 2015

Let’s be frank, there isn’t much that isn’t visually enhance by the soft light and shadows of day’s end. I love mountains, but in honesty, was less than impressed when I first saw them in the mid-day sun. Upon my second Salt Lake sunset, I find myself warming to the Wasatch Range. Yes, like an older woman, the soft light of sunset is kind to these mountains.

By this time you are expecting a mountain landscape, and perhaps, you’ll be surprised to see another version of the catalpa. But the low western shadows on the mountains have reinforced a theme circling the back of my mind. The catalpa study reminded me of the mystery and fascination created by the forms you only partly see lurking in the dark. Like the mountains, looking at the catalpa I see shapes that don’t represent what I know catalpa leaves to look like. They are distorted, partially obscured by dark and other indistinct leaves. The edges that emerge suggest but don’t tell what is there.

For all these reasons, I returned to work on the catalpa study but this time in the electronic drawing program. Though the first watercolor suggested contrast, it really didn’t communicate the depth and formless darkness that  the viewer slips into at the bottom of the tree–receding into the woods. I went back to experiment using grey pencil to add a soft additional layer of detail to the lighter areas. In the lower sections of the three, I began layer electronic watercolor in increasing density.

…I am just getting started…image




About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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