Sunlight in the Trees – 11 Feb 2011
Lately, I’m drawn to the wooded landscape on one side of our home.
During the afternoons, the sunlight gleams through the trees. Often, it’s almost a pure white light, with just a hint of yellow.
It can be so bright, I have to look away almost immediately.
However, the shadows — especially on a snowy day — are shades of blue and lavender, yellow and orange.
Last Friday afternoon, I decided to see if I could capture this image on canvas.
The painting is an 8″ x 10″ oil landscape on archival canvas board. The paint is fairly thick, as I painted the trees first and then painted the light over them. In a way, that’s how the light looks: As if it’s in the foreground and the trees are in back of it.
This is a rich, juicy painting with lots of texture and color. For me, it captures the intensity of the light and the landscape, and the nuances of subtle color in the snow.