Updated: Mar 7, 2021
Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, in a pure gold floater frame
Exhibited: Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
My grateful thanks for the dear couple in Steamboat Springs that added this work to their sizable collection.
The upper part of this oil has a lot of paint application. I was all about making the red and oranges sing, but at the same time, I wanted a poetic, delicate feel. When I first started this oil, the foreground was dashed in with fairly thin yellow paint and it set the tone for a delicate work.
Only after the top portion was essentially done, did I add the reds into the lower foreground. I wanted to keep that foreground soft and subtle against the thicker paint application in the trees above. Adding the yellow foliage at the top left was necessary to give more depth, appeal, and to balance the large amount of red forest.
Afterward, I was pleasantly surprised at the overall effect of the glowing reds and golds.