04 November 2013

Renoir's Olive Tree, palette knife painting

Renoir's Olive Tree
oil on canvas panel
palette knife painting
24x18cm (approx 7x10 inches)
Available by auction on Daily Paintworks see HERE
Last weeks weekly challenge on Daily Paintwork was 'Soooky Trees'. I have been meaning to paint the olive trees in the garden at the Renoir Museum in  Cagnes-sur-Mer for a while now and this was the perfect opportunity.

Renoir spent the last 12 years of his life in the villa that is now the museum. The garden has a lovely view of Haut Cagnes, the old hilltop village, as painted by Cezanne and many others. The garden has a magnificent olive grove with several gnarled olives that make for perfect painting subjects. Going by the girth of the trees, they must be several hundreds of years old.

Some close-ups of the knife work