Friday, July 25, 2008

Live Oak in Autumn

I began a painting of a Live Oak and I wanted it in autumn colors. Those in the South familiar with live oaks know that they do not really change colors - they are green year round. However, they do always drop leaves and get new ones. The ones that fall are brown and amber. So I exaggerated those colors in the leaves. The tree canopies still need more intensity and deeper values. I was painting wet into wet and the blue sky was muting the leaf color too much. I like the intense colors on the ground. That is another way to get the autumn look with evergreens. I will let it dry a while before I go back and punch up the colors.

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