|"Fall Tree" - Pastel - 5x7 - November 2014|
Red Top Mountain State Park
25 Paintings Challenge - My 6th day of painting since October 25, 2014 when I began the challenge. Today I decided to just have fun with an old reference photo I took at Red Top Mountain several years ago. I won't to go back and do this one again to get the right shape to the tree but I stuck to my guns on my approach. I completed my sketch with values, then I did my best to put in light strokes. When I found myself going back and going back, I stopped and laid it to rest. There are sections of the painting that are overworked but overall I did a better job of letting go. Nice to have set up the reference photos and paper in advance. That is definitely helping me be more focused. I have to more left on foam board. Will assign weekends as a time to pick out next 6 reference photos and set up boards. I think I will work in all 5x7 for the remainder of the 25 challenge. That will give me a chance to try lots of things and I can go back and choose the one that would work well as larger paintings.