Now you can see more of the dark storm clouds. I’m still working on the side of the Maple that’s in shadow. I like the movement I’m getting with this one. The leaves are restless, shifting and defining their positions as their reprieve sinks in. The clouds are rolling away in search of another victim.
You can start to see some of the dark storm clouds off in the distance. Fortunately for this maple the storm has passed by leaving little damage. It may be the next fall storm that strips the tree of its leaves, but for now, colours saturated from the rains and leaves sparkling in the afternoon light, the maple stands resplendent in crimson, orange and purple.
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I’m working some more on the dark side of the tree. I want to get to the right hand side of the painting where the clouds and leaves are darker. 24 x 30 used to feel so big, but lately it’s been feeling a little cramped.
Still working on the integration of the sky… and thinking about the dark heart of the tree. I want to go there next. And I want to see some of the darker storm clouds, but they are a ways off yet.
A little more…
I’ve been working on the sky this session, trying to get a sense of quick-moving clouds, ready to open up or race away with no warning. And I wanted to get those few leaves against the sky and see how they look.
I want to do a bit more of branches, leaves and sky before I turn my attention to the forest in the background.