I know this is not a pretty picture. It’s winter here so it’s cold and showery with lots of puddles. On the hill above my place they’ve been bulldozing the forest to make way for new streets and houses. During the COVID19 lockdown I’ve been going for walks up there. I never see another soul up there and it looks so desolate. Everything is so damaged and bleak. And yet there was still something that made me stop and wonder whether I could make a painting of it. The sky and distant hills were still there and some of the trees. Even the muddy holes made by the bulldozer tires might serve as compositional elements. So, this is what I came up with. I could do more to it. I don't know whether I'll finish it or not.
I know it’s not a landscape anyone would want to hang on their wall but I just had to paint it as a sort of protest against the destruction.
I'd be interested to read comments/suggestions/critiques about whether it works, or could work, as a painting.
They took all the trees
And put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem 'em
No no no
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell