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Grateful Notices: Trees in Shadow, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Private collection

My sincere thanks to the collectors that purchased this oil.

About this artwork:

This painting came from a previous and smaller oil, Winters Evening, a 30 x 30 canvas.

I was very intrigued by the upper part of the earlier oil and wanted to do a larger, wider version while pushing the colors further. Starting with the deep purple, it was quickly apparent that this would be a bolder oil and the strong blue overlay made that happen.

It’s an unusual composition with the trees emerging from a dark hillside and upward to the iridescent sky, creating a powerful contrast all along the tree-sky edge.

This is a high-key color work and this oil was like a horse that wanted to run! I took my time and in the space of a month, a number of subtleties were added a bit at a time, adding interest and complexity.

It is one of those simple looking works that has hundreds of moves in it and somewhere in that scene is the tightrope that I was walking the entire time.

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