"Fallen in the Afternoon"
Oil - 18 x 30

This was my midday plein air painting for a summer, and what a pleasure it was to spend all 3 months immersed in its "greeniness" : >) I have a series of fallen tree paintings throughout the seasons going, and this one is the summer version. It was also the first full forest painting I've completed in some time, and like anything, familiarity helps challenges get more comfortable, which can make room for the fun.

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On the second or the third to the last day of working on this piece, this Catbird lighted in the scene, flitted about, and cawed at me for a minute or two. I took it as a request to be added, and decided I couldn't resist. With the memory still fresh, they were added in the spirit of their presence ... subtle to the whole, but once you see them, there they are.
 
   

 

"Fallen in the Afternoon"

- easel during the last week

Oil - 18 x 30

I like that this photo shows how the migration of the sun had it no-longer appear in the foreground toward the end of summer. I first encountered this subject, and had sketched it in the previous summer, so I actually knew that was coming, and why I'd chased after the foreground first back in June. We learn as we go : >)