Years ago the land that our neighborhood was built on was a cattle ranch and many of the old native trees still thrive, we have several in our backyard. I think the trees are Post Oak, if not that specimen, perhaps in that family.
The trees are known for their height, massive trunks and long, thick gnarly limbs, they are truly magnificent to look at – especially when the sun begins to set and gorgeous light and shadows play off the branches and leaves. I’ve wanted to paint these trees for the longest time at close-range, but to be honest they intimated me – what better time to deal with this head-on. Exact purpose of the 15 Day Challenge.
For this oil pastel study (7×5) I choose my favorite Post Oak that just happens to be located outside my 2nd story studio window. It’s here when I paint that I have the pleasure of not only seeing this beautiful tree, but also watching many visitors from birds (Cardinals, Flycatchers, Blue-jays, Blue Herons, Hawks and Egrets) to squirrels – all with their favorite spots to hangout and watch the world go by.
I choose to paint the tree as a close-up view and perhaps will do a couple more showing the sunset and one of the entire tree as a mid-range view. Whew, finally got the first one out-of-the-way ~