Cottonwoods are one of my favorite trees, as I've probably mentioned before. They have wonderful, organic shapes and defy any orderly arrangement of their trunks or branches. They are a rich, vibrant in the spring and summer and turn a beautiful yellow in the fall. I loved the juxtaposition of the two trees against the rising edge of the sandstone outcropping. To me, it almost resembles a still life.
Tes Nez Iah Cottonwood
oil on canvas panel
Even though I'm posting this as "finished", I may go back and adjust a few things. The photo had a small fence that ran to the edge of the cottonwood; I may go back and add it as I liked it, and possibly adjust the values on the tree a bit. I attempted to make the greens of the shrubs/grasses different from those in the cottonwood in terms of temperature and value, but I'm not sure it's enough. I also feel this needs clouds.
Number 42 in the series - another 6x8 study - is fished, but I'll wait to post that tomorrow.