Paintings by Dianne Mize

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Survivors: My Neighbor's Pines

"The Survivors"      12" x 16"      Oil on Canvas

This little painting--white pines in my neighbor's yard--began as a demo showing how to discern value differences in shadowed images. It was a gloomy day, mostly gray giving me a subject ideal for the lesson I was teaching.  Rarely do I finish a demonstration, but this one kept calling me to make it into a painting.

I have always respected this little stand of trees.   Several years ago, they were doomed to one of those blights that was attacking white pines.  The tree experts advised my neighbor to chopped them down, but he refused.  Instead, he nursed them back to health.  These days, they are as lovely on a gloomy day on a bright one.