I have started to do some small color studies.
Friends of ours invited us back to the North Woods of Wisconsin this fall. There is no greater gift in the world then to be invited to the North Woods, especially for an artist who is in love with trees. I admit it , I am a tree hugger. What is there not to love about painting trees?
Trees can be hard to paint though. I should say, tricky to paint. Finding the form is the hardest part for me. Especially when I am painting the thick woods.
I am experimenting with a limited palette of colors. I think I used 4 colors plus white.
I tried to capture the idea of an older tree surrounded a bunch of young ones. If the idea works in this small format I may enlarge it or use part of it in a larger painting. But I'm not out of the woods yet.... just a limited palette pun to keep you on your toes.
Did you ever feel yourself losing control of the painting process? I did, right about at this stage. It might have been a good idea to take a break and make a cup of tea. Instead, I took the palette knife and scraped most of the paint off and started again.
I started by warming up the foreground.
oil on board
The limited palette helps keep the colors all in the same family. It really doesn't limit your choices of color. I think my pre-scaped stage had a little bit more punch. Oh well, should have, would have, could have...
I think the idea works though and that's the important thing. I'll save this and see if it has a future.