Coming Out of the Woods — ‘The Fall and The Return’ (My Latest Painting)

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‘The Fall and The Return’ by Cherie Roe Dirksen Acrylic on Boxed Canvas 762mm x 255mm x 40mm $415 (incl. international courier)

*UPDATE: The original painting has now been sold*

What’s it About?

This painting is from the perspective of the person coming out of the woods onto the path. It’s a pause for observation or perhaps even hesitation.

Who is coming out of the woods and where are they heading?

  • Are they coming home?
  • Are they entering a new phase of their journey?
  • Are they visiting someone?

There is an eerie feeling as one wonders what their intentions are and a sense of hope as the village in the distance looks promising and the birds are also looking out onto the village, giving it a sense of serenity.

The title was formed from a combination of suggestions from friends. I put the artwork out onto my facebook page and asked my peeps to see what title they came up with.

I eventually settled on a combination of 2 suggested titles — one was about ‘fall’ (being a very autumnal landscape) and one was about ‘the return’ (as in the prodigal son), which I liked very much. So, the title has an ambiguous meaning which I thought was fitting.

The Style

I tried a new style which merged my landscape (in the background) with an overlay of my tree silhouettes in the foreground — giving it a sense of greater depth.

The background received a yellow ‘wash’ of paint to make it appear a little blurred and the trees were executed in a sharp manner (I used permanent ink for the smaller branches) to render the forest more in focus.

The original is available through Saatchi (click HERE)— international shipping included in price — for $415.

If you liked this painting, you may also like this one called ‘Proliferation‘:

You can view the rest of my available pieces HERE.

Art In The Making — A Step-by-Step Guide on Painting Landscapes

I decided to photograph my latest abstract landscape project as I was about to try something new — ‘dripping’ technique…you’ll see later on in this blog.

The Making of The Layered Landscape

But enough chitter chat, let’s get to the pictures…the first one was taken ‘the night before’ the painting was actually going to commence.  This is what is called the ‘first coat’ stage.  It is the application of the first layer of paint in the background and pretty much looks like a dogs breakfast:

Now with a good nights sleep in the bag, it’s time to do the second layer:

Yes, it still looks like a dogs breakfast!

Now you can sort of see where this might be going…

Adding some details to the background…

Adding a bit of palette knife work…

This is the ‘new’ technique of letting the paint drip down the canvas — I rather like the effect of this…

This is the final stage, nearly there…just need to add some final touches…then, voila — the finished product!

The original got sold the very next day but this is available as prints and greeting cards — click on the picture below to take you to the store:

The Layered Landscape by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Thanks for joining me on my painting journey…

And just remember:  The Earth without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’…


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