Status: in progress
Excited to use my last 12 x 36″ canvas, which lends itself to painting trees.
I toned the canvas with a teal blue mix, (thalo blue, red iron oxide, white, yellow ochre, quinacridone gold) and then added clouds in the top third of the canvas, to suggest a landscape, and to create perspective and depth.
The underpainting had an area of golden paint that suggested a horizontal furled leaf. Although this leaf would be the wrong scale in a realistic painting of trees, I decided to paint in the leaf details, and develop volume and solidity.
I worked on the horizontal bands of colour on the trees, using a palette knife to apply white highlights. I wanted the illusion of the trees receding as though looking up the trunks from below.