The Grand Oak | Pastel | 12x12
I fell in immediate love with this giant oak! It presides over a gorgeous forty acres in the nearby town of Loomis, Ca. Beloved by the former owners who have recently sold it, the property will become a new equestrian center. My challenge was to figure out how to depict the green sameness of the huge canopy of the tree. I looked up Maxfield Parrish paintings of trees and studied them, loving his dark blue skies and colorful foliage. As the tree progressed, I became increasingly excited, loving how it came out! Getting high off painting is an acceptable indulgence! I was so excited, I could hardly sleep.
Painting Notes: I used one of my dwindling supply of Wallis Warm Belgian Mist paper which I cannot get anymore. It performed beautifully, allowing me to apply multiple layers of darks, and sky, applying fixative in between layers. I'm loving using Spectrafix as it allows me to layer areas as I paint. The only downside I can find to it is when using it for plein air (on site paintings), it takes a good 12-15 minutes to dry which can eat up valuable time if the light is rapidly changing in the early mornings or late afternoon.