"I nearly gave up the hobby in favor of, say, knitting."  John Haines

View from a Tree

View from a Tree

View from a Tree



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A View from a Tree

This is another painting of my muse, Linda Nicole, now a teenager.  I got the idea from a TV program I saw on TVE about thanksgiving which featured the Madrid School of Realism.  Talk about a humbling experience!  Five young guys and one girl, all of whom could paint so beautifully that I nearly gave up the hobby in favor of, say, knitting.  One of the guys painted the same elderly male model from a bunch of different perspectives.  All were great, but one--in which it appeared he was looking down on his subject who was standing in the street below--was so striking that I resolved not to give up painting until I had at least tried something similar.  So I photographed Linda Nicole from approximately the same perspective and worked from there.
 


My thought was that she had been lying in the grass reading a storybook when she was distracted by a noise or a movement above her, perhaps in a tree.  When she got up to investigate, she saw something--a squirrel, a bird, maybe even an iguana--high up in the branches.  So, the viewer is looking down on her as she peers up into the branches, the book--momentarily forgotten--laying open in the grass behind her.