Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Until my recent trip to Texas, I didn't know what a "live oak" was. I follow the blogs of several artists from Austin and often see these gorgeous trees in their paintings. What I didn't realize was that these gorgeous trees always have leaves, thus the name "live" oak. In Colorado we have scrub oaks, short, thin, "scrubby" looking trees which lose their leaves in the fall (creating great fall colors, but not great winter paintings.) A live oak drops leaves individually as new leaves push their way out, this was explained to me by Laurel Daniel's husband.
Anyway, for this piece I combined what I learned in Laurel's workshop with how I paint. I think that's one of the benefits of workshops, combining what you learn w/ what already works for you. So, I started this piece with a value understudy in the tree and land area, but not under the sky. Then, I used my normal palette, not the limited palette from the workshop. And, I went back to cleaning my brushes regularly, not using lots of brushes. I'm happy with the results, and have several more live oak paintings to post!
And, if you are like me and not from Texas so you didn't know what "hill country" was....look at that hill on the left side of the land!