Here is the painting with all it's detail work done after everything has been removed.
And below to sum up a slideshow showing you the entire proccess one more time.
You can see above my sketchboook. I have decided on a final sketch to be the base of my painting. The light will be coming from the upper left corner of the painting meaning the left side of the trees will be lighter, with shadows primarily on the right side. Also the darkest part of the painting will be behind the large aspen in the front, and behind the branch from the focal tree. The focus of the painting is indicated by the sketched circle in the painting. It's in the upper right center quadrant but draws you into the rest of the painting so the painting will have movement and flow almost in a C formation if you figure that the leaves are drawing you into the focal point and the branch pulls the eye back out. After a great deal of thought I decided on an analogous color scheme (using two to three colors next to each other on the color wheel.) In this case the two colors I used were Hansa Yellow and Antwerp Blue. I tried it once with New Gamboge yellow and Antwerp Blue but wasn't happy with the resulting mid tone green so the Hansa Yellow seemed to be the winner there! Although the next time I want a dark green I know antwerp blue and new gamboge will be the go to color! With this painting I struggled with the colors a bit and actually did the painting three times till I was satisfied with it. Once large scale on the paper, then in a small mock up , and then the final draft on the back of the painting I did first and didn't like. ( I figure if the Old Masters could use the backs of canvas to paint on it's good enough for little old me!) Nothing like determination showing it's ugly little face, eh?
Some people think painters just paint when in fact we don't! I thought I would show you my proccess and you can see all that goes into one painting.
Shown here are my reference photos
from a trip to Wyoming where
we stumbled across a really
pretty meadow and a grove of aspen trees.
Usually before I even begin painting or formally planning I spend a good deal of time "off paper" planning, in my head. In this one that was the case. Since we saw the aspen grove my brain has been thinking of the composition, the light, the forms. The picture turned diagonally has one aspen on it that has some really pretty leaves in front of the trunk. I usually sketch out some plans for possible paintings ahead of time. I think I had 4 sketches before I settled on one. I try to figure out what direction the light is coming from, where the light, medium and dark hues will be, a center of attention, a pleasing composition and what colors I'll use. Not every single painting I do this formally in a sketch book, but I do almost always plan those things out mentally.