tags: eastern landscape painting - original pastel painting - for sale - redbud tree - dogwood tree - barns - magnolia - cherry tree
----More ACEO-sized mini-pastels....for a new series on spring:
|Cherry Tree & Red Barn|
During the time we lived in CT, my favorite season was, hands-down, the spring. Around mid to late April, the land transformed from a dreary winter drab to acid greens of new leaf growth and blooming trees set forth to put on their show, and it was always exciting to see everything come to life again. In our neighborhood, you didn't have to go far to find lots of different trees in festive spring blossoms.
But, they don't last...the magnolia trees are among the first to bloom, but they begin to drop their petals almost immediately, producing a carpet of creamy white below them. This one was on a huge property right near downtown.
I'd never seen redbud trees (I believe that is what this tree is) before moving to New England. This particular tree was short and stocky, almost dwarf-like in its appearance. I knew back when I took the reference photo last year I had to paint it. It will likely be the first in a bigger size I do.
Dogwood trees are special to me. I was born in MD, and although we moved to AZ when I was very young, I still have memories of them, and they are probably my favorite of the east coast trees. Their graceful, curving branches always remind me of a Japanese painting.
The cherry tree was situated on the corner of our street and New London Rd. And, then there is the barn...an old, but well-maintained barn that I became quite fond of. It is in many of my photos, and I was indeed lucky to get the photo of the tree in bloom with the barn. The barn is an integral part of this image to me.
So, one or more of these will make it to bigger sizes, possibly in oils. It's part of a series on spring I want to do.
Cats are great to have around for their entertainment value. Sometimes, Nelson forgets to put his tongue back in his mouth. And, sometimes, I happen to get my camera before he remembers to. It never fails to make us laugh.