Monday, March 19, 2012

Glowing Trees

This is painted from a photo I took behind our old house in Houston, BC.  In the fall, these trees would glow when the sun was behind them.  I have always wanted to paint them so I figured now is a good time to try.  I am still not happy with the grass.  I have to find the grass demo at by Paula Ford and follow her instructions.  She always has great demos. 

This is painted on 5 x 7 brown Pastelmat and I used a variety of soft pastels.  Thanks for looking.




  1. Beautiful glow to the trees. This one's an interesting subject. With only a hue shift making the grass redder, the masses look very similar and the painting seems almost Wolf Kahn abstract - that gray sky vibrates blue with all the brilliant oranges.

    If you want to try the subject again, maybe using more muted yellow ochres and raw siennas in the grasses would make the glowing orange trees stand out more - then use just a few small passages of intense color in the grass where the sun comes through sky holes. Just a thought if you want to try it again.

  2. That's funny, Rob, because Wolf Kahn came to my mind as well. Larry and I are talking things over right now and he put me onto Kyle Martin. Kyle is a member at WC and posts in the Plein Air forum. His use of color, simplified shapes and broad brushstrokes are very interesting. I told Larry that now is the time to experiment. We will see. I may try these trees again. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  3. The first thing I thought of was this is very "Wolf Kahnish"! Then I see Robert's comment, too funny. I like that this borders on the abstract, yet lingers with realism. Nice work Doug!

  4. Great minds think alike! Another experiment and I was fooling around with something else tonight. This challenge is working. I am painting daily and trying new things. Thanks for the kind words, Chris.