This is a scene among the trees, along the edge of the White River. The places where land and water meet are usually very peaceful and I wasn’t disappointed on this visit. I took artistic liberties in painting the water which in actuality is very muddy in color.
I love painting trees, just ask my plein air buddies. Trees in the broader landscape are like people in a crowd — you have to take the time to see them individually. Each has their own characteristics and distinguishing features which are missed when we don’t take the time to look… and see. Pause to get a good look at a tree you pass by every day; you’ll see what I mean.
A thunderstorm hit town a couple of days ago. Lots of rain, thunder and lightning; overhead electric wires were down, and traffic lights were out. A transformer blew in a flash of amazing bright light several feet away from my car. Malfunctioning traffic lights and downed trees made it tricky to drive home.
In contrast, what a joy it is to spend a quiet moment over a cup of tea. So calming… Ahhh …
On a recent trip to the Indiana Museum of Art, I observed how warm the shadows were in some classic paintings (and how cool the light areas were). I had experimented with warmer shadows before and wanted to work out some ideas, so a series of small studies seemed a logical path.
This painting, “Fallen Tree”, is the first in this series of minis. It is an oil painting on panel (7″x5″, unframed). I had to stop myself from getting carried away with some of the strokes; it’s not necessary to paint every leaf to suggest the foliage. Some shots of the painting in progress: