This painting is a result of a recent Free Friday outing at the American River Parkway, Sacramento, CA. The watercolor was begun outdoors, on location during a cool, crisp morning. The painting was finished days later in the studio.
In looking at the full painting one might assume the viewpoint is the Â lower trunk of a tree, against the horizon on a foggy day; not so. In reality the viewpoint for the piece is a cloudless sky behind a small, selected pattern of branches and twigs at the distant reaches of the tree’s upper canopy. In short, the viewpoint is not forward, but upward. With the help of exaggeration interesting shapes can e found everywhere.
As I see it, the design basis consists of a large light value over which is placed a mid value with dark accents.
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