The River and the Tree

The River and the Trees
9″x12″ Framed Oil on Canvas
at Fish Creek Park, Calgary Alberta
July 2010

Sometimes I find that music can inspire the direction for my paintings. This lyrics from the song ‘Your Friend Shall be the Tall Wind’ (Fannie Stearns Davis & Sherri Porterfield) inspired the direction for this painting. I completed both a value and color study, however I decided to add a bit more light into the final studio piece, as the studies reflected how cloudy it was that afternoon.

Your friend shall be the tall wind,
The river and the tree;
The sun that laughs and marches,
The swallows and the sea.’

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