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Sycamore

September 23, 2013

Sycamore, 20×16, Gouache

As many of you know, Mount Vernon, Ohio is Nell’s hometown, and we have travelled there every year for over twenty years.  For the last few years, we’ve had a booth at the Dan Emmett Festival there.  It’s not unusual for visitors to the booth ask about commissions, although they rarely pan out.  I did get another inquiry this year, and as usual, I requested photos of the subject as a starting point.  A few days after the festival, I received thee images of this huge sycamore tree that sits next to the customer’s house and has become very important to her and her family.

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Over the next couple of weeks, I worked on the painting in the Outdoor Studio, and we delivered it to a very satisfied customer in nearby Marengo, Ohio.  This is the second year in a row that we’ve had a commission resulting from this festival.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2013 11:08 am

    Ralph, I could not view your sycamore tree except the little bit I could see on your easel. I love the look of this scene…looks so comfy and a really fun place to paint! Blessings!

    • September 24, 2013 4:52 pm

      Elizabeth, thanks for the heads up. I’ve changed the image and it should show up now. I really enjoy painting out under the awning.

  2. David Rowe permalink
    September 25, 2013 9:13 am

    Absolutely splendid job on the sycamore. Beautiful light and atmospheric perspective.

  3. September 25, 2013 5:12 pm

    Wow! I love it! I am an amateur artist and really only beginning to learn. I have always loved trees. My Mom used to say whenever I moved she could always find me by looking for the largest clump of trees in the area. I am going to use your Sycamore as a model to practice doing some trees of my own. There is a beautiful old Great Oak in our yard here on Hyder Mountain and I would love to do a good painting of it! Thanks for the great example!

  4. October 5, 2013 10:51 am

    I love sycamores – they are the artist’s tree, with their huge size, gnarled character, and colorful bark. Well done!

  5. jill grubb permalink
    October 5, 2013 11:02 pm

    Ralph’s gorgeous painting now hangs over my bed. It’s an instant family heirloom.

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