More commissions are in progress in my studio, but I wanted to share this painting with you. I started it quite awhile ago and it just needed a few touches to finish. The inspiration came from a new forest preserve here. It isn’t very high quality right now. The task the preserve district now faces is restoring habitat in all of the land they have bought over the past several years. But lots of land has been saved from the greedy developers, so whew!
Although this preserve as a whole is pretty degraded, it does possess this regiment of oaks taking their stand on a hill. Walking along that day, I was struck by the beautiful soft light coming through the trees as the afternoon drifted to evening. I could whine for quite awhile about November, and its cold dry air making my skin and hair miserable and my feet cranky in boots when they’d rather be bare. But just look at that light! It is a gift to be savored for sure.
For this painting I started out with that light in my mind, and painted the background with wild abandon. Just color, with a hint of land form. Then I began adding and subtracting trees until it felt right to me.
I hope, as we roll on into winter, that you are showered in gifts like good health. And Light. Lots of light.