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.
My daughter took a photo at the Arctic Circle in Iceland across beautiful water. These vague building shapes were softened by distance. I was mostly interested in creating water layers and a misty feel to the land.
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.
Crepe Myrtle trunks outside my house in Grapevine are such a challenge to paint. Soft colors and smooth undulations mark one variety, while another type has a trunk and branches that appear to be vibrant red in the sun