Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Golden Trees and Reflections

This autumn view was inspired by a photo in this month's WetCanvas Landscape Challenge thread. Scenes like this one are common along many of the rivers and streams in the eastern United States in the autumn since so many kinds of trees, from hickories to sycamores to tulip poplars, turn shades of copper and gold in the fall.

Acylic painting: 14" x 17"

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sycamores by the River

This painting is actually a very old one that I reworked to bring it up to my current standards. Unlike many of my old paintings, this one had a good composition and generally decent color selection, so it could be built upon and improved. The original painting was far too dark and shadowy (that was how I painted back in the day), and the water needed more detail and reflected light. Fortunately, the changes were easy to make - the old painting is shown below as a comparison.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"