Saturday, November 30, 2013

Live Oak in Progress

Live Oak Tree 
Work in Progress
30x40 inches
Oil on Canvas
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Notes From My Tree Painting Journal

I've not had as much time to paint this month. Lots of activities, but I do get at least an hour a day. I started this painting in the painting studio about a week ago. I moved it to my loft studio, where I'm beginning to make some progress on it. The dry prairie behind the tree is sometimes a pond. It gets quite large in wet years with beautiful lotus and lily pads. I really love it the most as a dry prairie. The grasses are really beautiful. Winter is my favorite season to paint. Long about the time that most of the leaves have fallen, and just a few bright spots of gold, yellow and orange remain, I love that look to the land. 

I recently did a large commission of one of the trees of this pond. I wanted to paint the same location as it looks now in early winter. I guess if I keep painting it enough, I'll get it right eventually.

My palette for this painting:

Cad Red Light
 Red Iron Oxide
Raw Umber
Ivory Black
Titanium White
Windsor Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cad Yellow Medium
Yellow Ochre

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