Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Crape Myrtle

Oil on canvas
14" x 18"

A crape myrtle at the arboretum.

I'm pretty happy with this one. That tree at the arboretum is fabulous, and you could paint it every day with entirely different results. And I love the color contrast between the red crape myrtle and the cool green background trees. Struggled a lot with those mid-ground trees, though—couldn't seem to get them quite how I wanted, and by then I had so much paint on the canvas it was getting mucky. Sometimes it's better to quit when you're ahead, or at least before you make it worse :)

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