I’m sharing with you a video that essentially speeds through the process of four Disney artists who set out to paint a tree in their own unique style. I found it fascinating to observe all four of their perspectives while simultaneously hearing what each of them was thinking as they painted.
I believe my favorite tree painting in the end was the super-detailed portrait of the trunk. Had I personally participated in the activity, I think my interpretation would have more closely resembled the black/white charcoal painting simply because that one more closely matches my own drawing style.
I especially like the end of this video when Walt Disney quotes Robert Henri and reads, “The big painter is one who has something to say. He thus does not paint men, landscape or furniture, but an idea.”