Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Work Begins- Live Oak Hammock- Work in Progress

Live Oak Hammock
40x60 inches
oil on deep gallery wrap canvas

Notes From My Tree Painting Journal

I started this painting today in my painting studio. It is a big one and I'm really enjoying it so much. I'm using oils this time, so it will work perfectly with my one day a week schedule of painting process. I am in my loft studio in Gainesville four days a week, at Fair Oaks for my residency there one day a week. I need to do chores and business stuff on one day a week, so that leaves me one good day in my painting studio in the woods. I will try to sneak out there a few extra hours but will have about 3 hours a week on this painting. 

There is nothing I love more than working on a big tree painting. Live Oaks are just so grand to paint. I love the big curved limbs and the moss draped canopy. I'm suing the following palette for this painting.

French ultramarine blue
ivory black
yellow ochre
trans red iron oxide
cad lemon yellow
cad red light
thalo blue red shade
Naples yellow
cad orange

I love the way small limbs curve out below the canopy. Often cattle will chew them off but these are intact. This is the Florida I love so much. Fields of these huge trees with dead trunks here and there and sometimes tall Cabbage palms. The Florida I have roamed through most of my life.

I'll show you the stages through completion.


  1. Wow! I don't know what I love more, the size or the subject? Linda this is going to be a real winner when it's done. Looks like you're well on your way there. Enjoy!

  2. Susan,
    So kind of you. I sure will e.joy this journey.