I went to paint on the grounds of Madeira School in McLean, VA last Friday. Before leaving the school, a friend of mine and I decided to take a walk to Black Pond within the grounds, most of the 376 acres of land is wooded. We got hopeless lost and ended up back at the parking lot! The walk itself was lovely, though, as the sun had finally come out, casting dappled light on the path, grass, and trees. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I must say.
I painted "Autumn Woods" in Bobbi Pratte's landscape class yesterday. This term's focus so far has been trees. I've noticed that you just cannot get away from trees if you are interested in landscapes. Whether they are the center of interest or serve only as a backdrop, trees pop up in so many of my landscape paintings. It will take many years of serious contemplation and practice, I think, to become truly at ease when it comes to painting trees. Let the fun begin!