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January 20, 2016

Shortly after finishing with Fiesta Moon I started a new painting, this one based on a black-and-white value study. The subject is a stand of trees, really fairly unexceptional, from a photo taken on an early spring day when the sky was bright blue, the wind fresh, sparse snow still lurking in each shadow. I tweaked it a bit electronically and found that the play between pedestrian subject matter and unreal colors evoked (for me anyway) the elation of being outdoors in bright sun during an open winter. I aim to capture something of that tension and excitement in the painting.


But it's gone wrong (which is why I'm posting the photo, not the painting). The composition isn’t what I intended, and despite the value study the colors aren’t true, and to my horror, I found myself once more tangled in branches! Why did I start with a brush drawing again? I’m reminded of the Tree Swing Meme… this isn’t what I ordered! But I’m the person who produced it… and I’m not sure how to fix it. Guess I need to get back in touch with the person who ordered it.

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