I have loved this stand of trees a couple of miles from my home for the 10 years I've lived here. It's at the Pardon Gray Preserve. Beautiful and different in every light... and I want to paint them all. I started out with the image on my iPhone, then sketched in ink, and colored in with markers... to see what I liked in terms of size of the trees, placement, and atmosphere.
First small sketches,
Then I did a 5x7 in acrylic - to see if I liked that... and I DID,
But then I did the top one in oil... and it came closest to my vision in my head. After painting this same scene all day, I was treated to this sunset view, below.... breathtaking....