Wednesday, October 10, 2012
California Oak Tree
It was a beautiful morning for plein air painting. At first, a little nip in the air, but then warmed up so that you would be most comfortable in shorts. I was painting out on the levee of Cache Creek. The creek has little water but the oak trees are magnificent. They drip like candles or like willows. There was a bright blue sky with only a cloud or two.
I painted this wet into wet. I started with the sky followed by painting the leaf canopy in raw sienna, then direct glazed with sap green and then direct glazed with ultramarine blue. When still wet I put in the trunk and limbs using wet lines and adding colors. When all dried I finished the leaf canopy with an indirect glaze of cobalt blue and added shadows.
The shed had a horse who showed only once and I kept waiting to put it in the painting but it never showed again. What a great feeling to be out painting.