While in Creede, CO, I tried to capture the feel of a stand of blue Spruce and their shadows against a rock formation, all over an orange underpainting.
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.
This water color study was done to use the technique of lifting tree shapes out of a dark multi colored overlay. One goes on to lighten the brights with gouache and deepen and vary the darks with shades of purple, turquoise, and viridian.