Winter Afternoon 11 x 14"
I started this painting at Finley Wildlife Refuge, and finished it in my studio. I spent two afternoons out there, studying these mature oak trees. I was grateful to get the sunshine glowing on the trunks (from the south) but the sun set so early it did not give me much time to paint.
I have been working on the challenge of capturing the moss which clings to the branches of the oaks in Oregon, and can be seen so clearly in the winter when the leaves have fallen. It is difficult to paint because the trees can look like they have leaves when you paint green stuff on their branches. The moss is such a pale green that it catches the golden glow of the setting sun.