As I finished the painting yesterday at the milk barn, I turned to see this beautiful scene over my shoulder. How could I resist? The trick on this one was to lay in that gorgeous color around all those branches! I prefer to paint the trees negatively, as it gives them a rougher, more realistic shape. With so many branches, this means lots of little strokes of color to make up the mass of the sky plane. The varied strokes also give an energy to that mass, as well as the pasture plane. The sun sets so quickly that getting down the paint must also be fast, or the moment is lost. I like the quick brushwork on this one, I think I'll leave it loose. Painting number 1460 in 1460 days.
|Oil on panel, 10x8|