20 x 16
As I have mentioned, I have resigned myself to painting at least a season behind what is actually happening in the Woods. My field work- drawings and color sketches- keep me busy gathering reference and ideas for finished work. As I work, I also am working on studio paintings from previous seasons. In this particular case, I am two seasons behind!
Here is the underpainting for this piece. I use a dry brush technique and keep the paint transparent at this stage. I use a cloth to wipe out lights and create the drawing of the foreground elements. This particular one was done in the studio but for a small painting like this I may do the underpainting onsite.
The challenge in this piece was to retain the atmosphere and mood, while creating more detail and drawing in the foreground elements.
Here are a few details. I used opaque mixtures to define the foliage in the foreground, keeping the shadow areas transparent.
The trees in the distance were scumbled numerous times and sky color dragged over their edges too.
The trunk of the foreground tree was done with opaque mixtures laid on in discreet strokes to mimic the bark of this hickory tree.