Since I’ve committed to doing the Woven Existence project, I need a lot of reference photos. In spring I took photos of the meadow at Craggy Bald on what turned out to be a cool misty April day--an unexpected surprise. For summer photos I headed to the mountains on yet another camping trip, this time with my husband and two dogs. The dogs are not good campers. During the night the larger dog kept stealing my bed while the toy poodle made it his business to patrol the inside perimeters of the tent.
Here's one of the studies I’ve made from the photos.
Study for Fall. Oil on canvas.
A few months after visiting Craggy Bald I decided to do a painting of the white trunk tree in the meadow that had initially caught my attention. I love how the delicate branches and flowers of the tree form an intricate design against a clear blue sky and how the white bark of the tree stands out from the rhododendron bushes behind it. I think of this painting as a “preface painting”, an introduction to the coming Woven Existences series.
Preface to Woven Existences. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches.
Annette Bartlett-Golden paints a wide range of subjects from landscapes to animals and makes abstract works with paper. Using vibrant colors, she imparts a sense of immediacy, vivacity and optimism to her paintings and paper collages.