Pseudo-Impressionist Tree

Acrylic on Canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm | 2020

Client: Personal
Date: 2020

01. Background

The most conspicuous characteristic of Impressionism in painting was an attempt to accurately and objectively record visual reality in terms of transient effects of light and colour.

– From Britannica

I messed up with one of the pouring art experiments and I did not want to throw my canvas away. Hence, I decided to sand the canvas and paint a tree over. There are many ways to paint a tree, but I decided that I wanted to experiment with fast and rough strokes.

02. Approach

As Impressionism was an attempt to “momentary and transient effects” of sunlight with rapid brushstrokes, I decided to paint my tree in that manner.

However, I was referring to pictures instead being in the outdoor due to the lockdown, and that is why I called this artwork Pseudo-Impressionist Tree. The timelapse below shows my process of this artwork.

03. Challenges

It takes great observation to observe light on the tree and the ground.

As I was not painting outside, I had to follow photo references and add the quick and rough brush strokes observed in Impressionism artworks.

04. Final Thoughts

I could not help but notice that this style have the old-school vibes to it. It reminds me of the Google images of nature paintings found in North Korea. This painting also reminds me of older buildings in Malaysia, which some of these places boast such paintings of the nature.