Trees at Twilight in Early Spring

I’ve been working hard at networking, marketing and looking for artist opportunities, all of which is crucial if I want to do this full time some day, and I do!   The flip side is that with my other jobs, I’ve had very little time to do any actual painting lately.  I’m still working on the big painting (see previous post), but needed to do something really creative for myself.  Here’s what I did yesterday by using a photograph I took looking up at the trees in our front yard and across the street. There’s a particularly lovely light that we get at a certain time of day when it’s slightly overcast, and I wanted to capture that.  I used Prisma to get ideas for some different effects and I wanted to experiment with a new paint color, so I mixed phthalo green with a lot of white and a little Payne’s Grey and started making vague shapes where leaves would be, using brushes and palette knives.  Once I did that, the painting guided me to where branches would be.  Here’s the work in progress.  The background looks more pink than it actually is because the painting (acrylic on canvas board) was sitting on a red chair when I took the picture.  I may have to do another similar one with a pink background.  Please feel free to comment and/or ask questions.  I love talking about art.

Trees at Twilight update

This is an update from today!

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