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TREES (Triptych)

An intimate and joyful dialogue between t(h)ree works.

Stand tall and mighty
reach the sky and kiss the sun
I believe in you
HAIKU by Gloria Buono

This is a colorful triptych, made of B & W trees on small canvas boards.

A year ago I bought an old book (1947) "Vincent van Gogh Paintings and Drawings" (Phaiden Press) for $1.- only
It has lots of B & W monochrome plates on awesome thick paper.
I knew immediately I would use it some day in a collage.

This week I cut out all the trees I could find and re-arranged them on 3 really small canvas boards.
That sounds easier than it was: it took me quite a while!
Then I also designed some trees of my own of shredded 'leftover' paper.

I painted first the background in my favorite colors.
After gluing my 'trees' with Matte Medium (Liquitex) on the boards I painted over some to get rid of visible cuts and to add some shades.

And here is my recycled van Gogh.
I think he would be proud of me!
My husband LOVES them: They're proudly hanging in our bedroom each in a simple black wooden frame!

Used colors:
GOLDEN: Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red, Pyrrole Red Light, Quinacridone Magenta
LIQUITEX:Cadmium red light.,Vivid Red Orange, Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent, Cadmium Red deep Hue, Mars Black, Titanium White.

Copyright Olga van Dijk 2009©
This is another OLGartsProduction©2009

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Chepulskaya Nataliya 02 Aug 2010

love it!!!

Caballero Salguero 27 Jul 2010

Fantastic Trees (Triptych) my friend Olga,the red is very complementary with trees, well constructed and painted, magnificent pieces, José

Ilsa Brittain 23 Jun 2010

I love these - just wonderful! And thank you for all your comments Olga!

Stefani Wehner 06 Dec 2009

one word: WONDERFUL...............

Ken Perry 24 Nov 2009

Hi Olga. I looked through your whole gallery and I absolutely love your work! I'm a big fan of color and you use them in a wonderfully unique way. Great job!

Artist Reply: Hey, Thank you Ken. That was very nice of you to say! Thanks for stopping by! -Love And Light, Olga