Monday, July 23, 2012

Evening Fields and Trees

Evening casts long shadows across forgotten fields and trees. I love the pinks, purples, and flecks of orange that color the clouds near sunset, and the sky is the showpiece in this scene. The low-angle light provides nice contrast in the trees, each lit up with bits of gold.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Monday, July 2, 2012

Hilltop Giants in Spring

Ancient conifers stand in a hillside clearing on a cool and sunny day as a faint breeze stirs their branches. It can be tricky to create a good sense of scale in a painting - how does one convey the concept of a tree that stands over 200-feet tall on a canvas less than 2-feet tall? Relative sizing works well, as does putting in extra detail - the mind reads the thick, fluted and gnarled trunks as large and ancient.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"