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Portuguese Cypress 1

Mixed-Media Painting

Created by Meredith Nemirov
This large mixed-media work on paper was inspired by and based on the artist's on-site drawings of a cypress tree in a garden in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The dense needlelike leaves create a variety of whimsical and lyrical forms, edges, and relationships. This abstract interpretation is the artist's response to patterns she observed during a concentrated drawing session last spring in Portugal.

The background pattern is from an old Portuguese Azulejo ceramic tile. It was painted by hand with an exciting new color in the artists' palette, Verditer Blue, an opaque watercolor, which resulted in a rich color contrasted with the more transparent deep blue-green-gray. The tree was painted with watercolor and gouache with line work done by hand with a steel nib pen.

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