Here is the latest small-scale oil painting in Mary’s Four Seasons series.
Mary LaGarde finished her latest painting. The painting, Aspens Spring I, is oil on canvas and is 36″ X 60″. Mary is a portrait painter by background. She decided recently to use the Venetian method of portrait painting to create portraits of aspen trees. She believes that the subjects of her paintings have almost human characteristics which she attempts to capture in her paintings. Mary has the amazing ability to paint with both her right and left hands and it is not unusual to see her painting with the canvas upside down.
The subject of Mary’s painting is an old aspen tree she found while hiking near Mount Evans in Colorado. As usual, she used the Venetian painting technique which is very time-consuming. She started with a charcoal under-drawing. The under-drawing was then covered with an under-painting or grisaille. After that, she spent months adding layer-after -layer of pigments and glazes working from the dark pigments to the lights. The painting is oil on canvas and is 36″ x 60″.
Mary found this grove of Aspen trees near Echo Lake in Colorado. She used the Venetian painting technique consisting of a charcoal under drawing, a grisaille, and layer upon layer of pigment to create an almost three dimensional look. The process is very time consuming with this painting having taken several months to complete.
Mary found this grove of aspen trees on a snow-covered trail in Colorado near Echo Lake. She used the Venetian technique of painting to capture the scene. The Venetian technique uses a charcoal under-drawing, a monochrome “grisaille”, and layer-upon-layer of glazes.
Mary visited Monet’s house, gardens, and studio in Giverny, France several years ago. She decided to study the techniques used in one of the most famous French Impressionist paintings by Monet.
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Mary is working on a series of aspen tree paintings she calls “The Four Seasons”. She hikes Echo Mountain near Evergreen, Colorado every three months to collect possible subjects for her Aspen paintings.
She started painting the first of a planned series of four large canvases using the same Venetian-style painting techniques she uses for her Renaissance portraits. It is a slow and intense process involving at least 12 layers of paint. She often spends an entire day working to get a shadow just right. Here is the first painting which is oil on canvas and 36 inches by 60 inches. The painting is hanging in the living room of her lake house/studio in Colorado.