Lifting the Aspen shapes from the dark underpainting, I wanted to vary the darks in a whimsical way. Adding sunlight makes the darks even more special.
This watercolor study from a trip to Colorado uses a dark underlay of deep forest shadows with tree shape lifted by brush to the aspen lights. I was most interested in variation of color among the light tones of the trees.
The Sweeney ranch sits at the beginning of the hill country in Morgan Mill. From the rockers on the back porch of the ranch house, one looks at this amazing multi-trunk live oak and layers of hills in the distance. I’ve painted this tree and view twice and have taken a dozen photos at all times of day and the constantly changing scene is a favorite.
I love aspen trees and going to Colorado summer to see them . This painting evolved from a previous work that needed more. I painted out the image and looked to the color palette left behind and saw these blue wintry aspen.