With all the trees here in the Cascade Mountains and beautiful hikes I have been struggling with the best way to paint them.
I started a new painting this weekend, continuing on the style of Emily Carr. This tree idea has been lurking in my head for a long time but I wasn't sure how to express the idea. So this is a bit abstract but still grounded in nature. The bottom half has yet to speak to me so I'll ponder that while I'm working at my other job.
Finishing up a painting can take a long time because the accents are critical to the effect. I changed the clouds a bit, darkened the background on the right and put in the sunlight in front. This style of work is quite interesting to me and my next painting will follow similar thinking.
I completed the details and ended up changing the cloud structure. Now, it will sit for a week till I can focus again.
I spent the morning and part of the afternoon yesterday filling in the scenery and water. I have found that by thinning my paint down I can apply my brush to achieve a dual effect of thick/thin at will. Laying down the "light" first helps me remember where the sun is coming from.