I have started to do some small color studies.
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.
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.