The rain held off just long enough for Tom and me to enjoy our first outdoor dinner of the year.

Pine Tree - 5 x 5 oil on wood panel

I had hoped to paint the view of the open field as it bends down toward the woods, the trees hinting at the leaves that will be bursting out soon.  Instead, I retreated to the protection of the entrance to our Secret Garden that is covered by a small roof.  The sun vanished behind the clouds and the range of values and hues diminished drastically.

The painting ended up a confused mix of reality and what I wanted the reality to be, flat light mixed with a bit of light and shadows.  Occasionally the sun would peak out to see what I was doing.

Oil painting on 5 inch x 5 inch wood panel toned first with a thin wash of terra rosa.

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