This morning I took a break from painting outside to work in my studio. I need to produce about 10 small paintings for the July 29th show and sale which is during high tourist season. I was told tourists prefer to purchase smaller works so this is my first 5×7 for that show.
The reference photo was one I took a few months back while we were hiking on a beach along the bay of Fundy. There was plenty of driftwood but this big guy caught my eye.
I left out several small branches to simplify. The bottom right stump is a distraction and pulls the eye down so I may go back in and remove it.
I was happy to get a break from working with green. Also, rather than staying true to the colours in my reference photo I finished the trunk and branches off with some ultramarine blue. I felt it gave the driftwood some life. In hindsight, cerulean would match the sky but I was looking for higher contrast. Likely, the lighter blue would have been lost.