Some of my oil sketches are sort of doodles… quick artwork exploring themes.
That’s a good description of this sketch of the woods near our home.
The purpose of this was to see what would happen if I tried to convey sunset colors through the trees.
It’s a whimsical piece giving me more to think about, as I consider what I want to capture as I paint a different landscape outside my studio windows.
For me, trees are a challenge. I’m never sure how detailed to make them, and what’s most important to include. No two artists will make the same decisions about trees.
I think I’m heading toward a more lyrical approach, but… I’m not sure, yet.
This is an 8″ x 10″ oil sketch on canvasboard.
(Note: I later painted over it. See it at Tree Sketch – Evolution Series, Feb 2011.)