Watercolorist David Peterson did a demonstration painting to kick off the morning (I wish I had taken pictures!) and then we set off to find our individual painting spots. The weather was perfect, reaching the high 60's by mid-morning. The sky was filled with wishy traces of clouds and the sun dimmed then returned then dimmed again all day. It's still winter in the preserve. Only the grass shows any green. It's a challenging landscape for me. I much prefer to paint architecture...I am at home with the shapes and shadows and textures. Trees, especially bare trees are a difficult subject for me. Today I tried to focus, to eliminate and simplify. I decided to make a particular tree the 'star' of the painting, following advice from recent workshops about finding and identifying a focus point in the very beginning of the painting. (Thanks Terry Muira and Fongwei Liu!)
I'm very happy with this little study. I think I created the focal point effectively. I tried to stay away from attempting to render the tangle of the woods and instead settled for suggesting it. This is a more subtly colored painting than I usually do, but I think it captures the winter landscape fairly well.
|Effie Yeaw Trail 9" x 12" Oil on canvas panel.|