Thursday, October 24, 2013
The eucalyptus tree thrives at Point Reyes. There are plenty of them springing up in otherwise barren spots and they are as common as redwoods. This was a midmorning painting. I was in the parking lot with the sun high in the sky on a perfect day. I was worried that I would overwork the tree canopy as I painted it. My goal is to paint watercolor with as few brush strokes as possible. The bark is also interesting. It becomes very light in large areas. The tree behind the eucalyptus is a fir tree, probably spruce and the trunk color is constant. There is also one of those leaning green cypress or juniper type growths behind the spruce. These are also characteristic of the north coast. They lean from the wind and have a spear appearance.
I need to go to the library and consult the references on trees. Isn't it amazing how curious you get from painting and observing>