November Gifts

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Acorns & leaves. Fun stuff!

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November Gifts, 11" x 14", Oil on canvas panel
November Gifts, 2012, 11″ x 14″, Oil on canvas panel, $300
Lydia, my wife brought these acorn nuts home from a tree by her work thinking they would make a nice painting. They sat around for a while and once I had some free time I went out back and plucked some dying leaves off our red oak tree and played around with the composition and came up with this painting. The abstract shapes in the upper portion is an old barn pulley.
One funny thing to mention is while working on this painting I kept thinking my drawings of the leaves were off. Each time I’d go back to a leaf it looked wrong as to what I was seeing. Come to find out the leaves were slowly shrinking and curling up because they were drying out. It had my brain spinning for a little bit. It was a fun painting though!

 

Author: Chris Palmen

I’ve been practicing art in one form or another for most of my life and have been painting since about 2003. I do explore other medium but primarily use either acrylic or oil paints.

For me art has always been about the enjoyment of drawing and creating. It’s about challenging my eye, my brain, and my hands to recreate what I am seeing on a two dimensional surface.

So far, my paintings have been influenced by anything resembling old boots. In other words, anything that shows it’s character & history in the cracks and creases caused by use and abuse, weathering and age.

Other than that I paint things that are readily available. Anything around the house that looks interesting enough to keep me painting!