"...the hidden and reverberant impulse, Shifts and dances into curve and line..." - Bliss Carman, Behind the Gamut
In traditional painting, we take on the momentous task of absorbing all the qualities of a particular subject, both permanent and ephemeral, and translating it all into one, single, two-dimensional piece of art.
To be honest, I hesitate to even think about this because the implications are daunting, to say the least. But this is what gives us one of the valuable features of painting - the possibility of expressing a reality that is difficult to see, almost impossible to photograph and barely describable in words.
In this painting I work with a subject that I created out of my own mind, so that creates another element of the composition. I found it interesting to play with shadow and and light in the context of the impression of reds in this forest.