So here’s the last of the marsh pines paintings. The original idea with these was to focus on the dock/boardwalk but the harshness of the lines kept bothering me. So, I used a little artistic license and took it out. I have a whole bunch of new things starting next week.
Here is the second (really third) of these pines. I was trying to simplify the colors and maintain a little more control over what went where. The oil primed linen was throwing me off and I could not shake this weird yellow tint on the whole thing.
This painting is the second version of 246. After I got back to the studio I was able to quietly sit and really explore the scene. I edited out a number of the elements that were competing for focus and zeroed in on the main tree.
What I found after looking at the image was that there was this beautiful spot of light that was hitting the tree. The sunlight illuminated a specific spot on the tree and told me what the story was. So then, instead of it just being a painting of a tree it became a painting of how light hit the tree.
Les had bought some mums in the Fall, and these looked perfect in the light. I set up my easel on the front porch to tried and capture them.