Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Late Winter Along a Valley Road

8" x 10" Oil on Panel
This is a quick little oil painting done late last month along a road near the lake. The road runs along a dike that surrounds the airport and protects it from the lake. Much of the road is narrow, rough, gravel and dirt, but it provides access to beautiful areas of the lake with wide open vistas, often rich with wildlife. I've done many paintings along this road. 

The painting pictured above is of one of the few areas along the road closed in on both sides by trees and brush. This section of road is between the airport road and the lake. The uneven nature of the cottonwood trees and the contrast between them and the reddish tamerisk brush appealed to me. The reason why the cottonwoods are uneven is included in the painting.

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