ArtView May 2015 - Page 52

Olive and Cypress (2c) Then came Olive and Cypress the painting (2c). I struggled with this painting. It is overly detailed and confirms what I mentioned earlier, about the limitations of following reference photos too closely (this painting came some time before that wise revelation!) Hence I missed the essence of what I was trying to capture – and were it not for a more successful follow-up, I would not be showing it here! A few years ago I decided that it was time to take another look at Olive and Cypress. As I considered my approach, it dawned on me that so much of the first composition was irrelevant, in so far as my focus on the resonance of light against dark. This brought about the birth of Cypress shown at (2d). This was the painting that said everything I had hoped to say the first time around. I remain happy with this painting. Yet I do wonder, at what point I might grow restless and need to revisit Cypress... Danielle Hatherley was born in Albury, Australia and raised in Sydney. She now lives and paints between studios in New York City and Boulder, Colorado.