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Bernie’s tree

Acrylic on board, 9×12″.

Well, not really Bernie’s tree. I was trying to figure out how Bernie Fuchs did that amazing thing with light through tree branches. I didn’t quite figure it out — but I was pleased to get closer than I expected. I like that blazing sunset, too, even though it lost something in the scan.

Here’s the illustration I was working from, in the children’s book Ride Like the Wind, which Fuchs wrote, as well as illustrated. I wasn’t trying to copy the tree. I was trying to copy the technique as near as I could (while leaving out the horse’s butt).

I actually like the impossible shape of my tree better than his, but next time I’ll begin having already learned a few things. It would also help to have canvas and the right type of paint. But even without them I’ll do better the second time around.


  1. coloradohermit
    coloradohermit April 21, 2017 4:40 pm

    I think the similarity between the two is excellent. Progress every day. And if you’re going to compare yourself to Bernie, I want to see if he can do eyes. Bet you beat him all to goodness on eyes.

  2. larryarnold
    larryarnold April 22, 2017 6:08 am

    I saw “Bernie’s Tree,” no leaves in the dying sun, and thought how well it represented Sanders.
    [hangs head in shame]

  3. Claire
    Claire April 22, 2017 6:29 am

    “Progress every day.”

    That’s the main thing, Karen. Thank you.

  4. Claire
    Claire April 22, 2017 6:31 am

    larryarnold — LOL! Now I’ll never be able to see any of Bernie’s trees the same way again. And there are so many of them like that!

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