Studying Trees


I’ve been working on a big painting, an “Inner Vision” which is being improvised right on the canvas. In my imagination, this composition includes high altitude trees. Some are already suggested in spiky brushstrokes on distant mountains, but some of them will be seen from up close. Just for practice, I sketched a few, based on a photo I took in a hike up to Sawtooth Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains about a decade ago. Man, has it been that long? Anyway, all of these examples were in the same frame, on the same hillside. Fun practice with a cheap #2 pencil (about 8×10″).

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