I recently flipped over I plywood board I've been using for a few years now as a backing board. On the back is a painting I started about 5 years ago. For some reason I just never got around to finishing it. I remember having it on my easel and once it was dry I just forgot about it. I must of had a long spell without painting and got on with printmaking mono prints at that time.
Every once and a while I would flip the board over and discover the unfinished painting again. I'd give it a thought for a second and just decide it wasn't the right time to consider finishing it.
But recently in the last couple if weeks, I decided it was time to start work on it again and get it finished. I guess the strangness of the tree shape really appeals to me right now. It's a bit abstract and as a subject it's perfect at this particular time.
In this first session I've started with the sky laying down some greys and greens. The greens are mixed using yellow ochre and black tinted with some burnt umber. Also I've put in some pink hues to play against the greens and greys. At this early stage I'm considering the tree dark tones for the next session. Just giving it a thought. I've added some distant background landscape and worked on the water in the middle ground. Just working away and getting a feel for everything at this stage. I'm calling the central motif a tree, but it is a vase-like monolithic object the more I think about it. The bird shape on the top of it needs to be considered as the painting progresses. Im liking the scattered relics of rock figures and face in the composition very much. I'm excited to be working on this painting. See how it goes.