the strength of an olive tree - watercolor [final steps] /// la forza di un ulivo - acquarello

in ntopaz •  18 days ago

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the strength of an olive tree

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watercolor on paper - cm.56x40




Hi all Steemians!

Today I present a watercolor of a wonderful tree, symbol of strength, peace, faith, triumph, victory and honor.
The Olive Tree.

The olive tree also called Olea Europaea, the tree par excellence.
Most likely originally from Asia Minor and the planting was developed by the Greeks.
We have come to a result of plants cultivated by 11 populations from east to west and from north to south of the old continent.
With an incredible series of crossings that have attested to an exceptional quality, and multiple differences in taste
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But let's get to the symbolism, which deserves a lot of attention.

In the Bible it is mentioned since Genesis, as a symbol of loyalty, strength, faith and beauty.
Exalting the qualities of the faithful bride and of strong children like young olive branches.
Even the door of the temple cell of Jerusalem had its olive-wood doors, just as the great door of the nave of the temple was complete with an olive tree.

Let's move on to my passion:
Greece and Homer.
Ulysses blinded Polyphemus precisely with a trunk of Ulivo.
Ulysses built the nuptial bed for himself and for Penelope, digging it inside a huge olive tree trunk, he wanted to establish a solid, lasting union full of faith and beauty.
Still in Ancient Greece, it was so consecrated that those who were surprised to damage a plant were condemned to exile.

Such solutions would have to be implemented, even for those who dirty or damage nature.

the winners of the Olympics had a gift of an ampoule of oil and an olive crown.
An olive plant, considered the first in history, because it was born from the lance of the goddess to whom the city of Athens was dedicated, was guarded by armed guards day and night.

According to the Roman tradition, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were born under an olive tree.
Roman citizens more than distinguished themselves in deeds of value, had in recognition a crown formed by interwoven twigs of olive tree.

The dove released by Noah returns to the ark carrying an olive branch in the beak, a symbol of regeneration after the flood and peace.

The olive tree I painted, in its ramifications, wants to be a witness of strength, and the curves of the branches indicate the implications of knowledge.

The thick foliage that protrudes above indicates protection and in the background we can glimpse the walls of an ancient city, in reference to the history rich in meanings of the olive tree.

A hug as strong as an olive tree.
Armando

Ciao a tutti Steemians!

Oggi vi presento un acquarello di un albero meraviglioso, simbolo di forza, pace, fede, trionfo, vittoria e onore.
L'Ulivo.

L'ulivo detto anche Olea Europaea, l'albero per antonomasia.
Molto probabilmente originario dell' Asia Minore e la piantumazione venne sviluppata dai greci.
Si è arrivati ad un risultato di piante coltivate da 11 popolazioni dall'est all'ovest e dal nord al sud del vecchio continente.
Con una serie incredibile di incroci che ne hanno attestato una qualità eccezionale, e molteplici differenze di gusto

Ma veniamo alla simbologia, che merita molta attenzione.

Nella Bibbia viene citato fin dalla Genesi, come pianta simbolo di fedeltà, di forza, fede e bellezza.
Esaltando le doti della sposa fedele e dei figli forti come giovani rami di ulivo.
Anche la porta della cella de tempio di Gerusalemme, aveva i battenti in legno d'ulivo, così come la grande porta della navata del tempio era completamente in ulivo.

Passiamo alla mia passione:
la Grecia ed Omero.
Ulisse accecò Polifemo proprio con un potente tronco di Ulivo.
Ulisse costruì il letto nuziale per se e per Penelope, scavandolo all'interno di un enorme tronco di ulivo, voleva sancire così un'unione salda, duratura ricca di fede e bellezza.
Sempre nell'Antica Grecia, era considerato sacro a tal punto che, chi veniva sorpreso a danneggiare una pianta, veniva condannato all'esilio.

Sarebbero da attuare simili soluzioni, anche per chi sporca o danneggia la natura.

i vincitori delle Olimpiadi avevano in dono un'ampolla d'olio e una corona di ulivo.
Una pianta di ulivo, considerata la prima della storia, perchè nata dalla lancia della dea a cui era dedicata la città di Atene, era sorvegliata da guardie armate giorno e notte.

Secondo la tradizione romana, Romolo e Remo i fondatori di Roma, sono nati sotto una pianta di ulivo.
I cittadini romani più che si distinguevano in atti di valore, avevano in riconoscimento una corona formata da ramoscelli di ulivo intrecciati.

La colomba liberata da Noè, ritorna all'arca recando nel becco un ramoscello di ulivo, simbolo di rigenerazione, dopo il diluvio e di pace.

L'ulivo che ho dipinto, nelle sue ramificazioni, vuole essere un testimone della forza, e le curve dei rami, indicano i risvolti della conoscenza.

La folta chioma che prorompe in alto indica la protezione e sullo sfondo possiamo intravedere le mura di un'antica città, in riferimento alla storia ricca di significati dell'ulivo.

Un abbraccio forte come un ulivo.
Armando

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step - 1 soft colors

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step - 2 I reinforce the shadows with slightly darker tones.

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step -3 I paint the trees above the walls

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step - 4 complete with cobalt blue and cerulean sky



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This is a very good painting!!
I often struggle finding the correct blue tones for the sky, specially when cloudy.


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thank you so much @melooo182

I really love this beautiful olive tree @armandosodano Beautiful composition and tones

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thank you very much for your comment @livvu

Amazing work of art, Armando. It's a very beautiful painting. 😃


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Beautiful work. I like the most color of tree and shades. I don't like to do with watercolors, I like more oil painting, but after this post, I think I will try this technique.
Also, I like steps of your work.
Thank you for sharing, just keep with it. :)

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thank you so much and go with watercolors!!!