I think it was blogger, OutsideAuthority, that asked whether I was going to paint a Leyland Cypress – well how could I not? We had the most gorgeous one in our backyard – so OutsideAuthority, here you go!
Leyland Cypress trees are in the family of pines with wispy-ends that make the branch structures graceful and are soft to the touch, wonderful to see them sway on a windy day. I love the elegance they give to a landscape, we had them in Maine and were thrilled to see that they thrive in the North Texas heat. We planted one about 6 years ago, it grew so quickly that it outgrew the site and had to be transplanted. Well long story short, it had to be moved, we should have transplanted it ourselves (everything we have ever transplanted survived), the guys we hired literally tore it out of the grown and the tree died shortly after that – such a shame it was so beautiful.
This oil pastel (7×5) study, painted on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper, is a great example of what our tree looked like.
I’m a day late, could not find the time to paint on Sunday – what with chasing a large 2-3 inch thick snake around the yard (darn, we couldn’t find it)! Have a great week.