Light Through the Trees
The majority of the paintings on this site are plein air paintings, meaning the painting was started and finished outdoors on site.
I often take photos of things when I am on walks in the country that I hope to paint later. One such example is below. This was a walk near the Collingwood area, and I thought the light coming through the dark tree canopy was beautiful on the low plants below. The plants have organized themselves to catch the light, filtering down both warm and cool.
The ground always has a lot of red in a cedar forest, and this makes a beautiful contrast with the green-blue of the plants. This is an acrylic on panel painting called Light Through the Trees.
There’s an organic market and demonstration garden in the country just outside Haliburton, with beautiful fields all around. A gravel pit was just behind the market garden, and on a weekend, no one was working. The weather was quite unsettled, but the colors of the fields and the trees were spectacular.
I enjoyed capturing the many colored wild flowers and grasses at the edge of the fields. The ochre colored grasses on the hill in the background were what originally caught my attention – when the sun was still shining – so this is called The Yellow Field.
I may do a larger studio painting based on this plein air study — it’s such an expansive view it seems to warrant a bigger canvas.