Visual fatigue led to total elimination of the leaves, revealing a wonderful hedgerow existing only in my imagination.  I am still working from the eighteen hue color wheel presented in Lesson Two.

Sketch began as leaves on branch

Stage two - still leaves on branch

Hedgerow appears on the left

Leaves attempt to resist growing hedgerow

Hedgerow wins. Leaves vanish.

Shadows begin to creep toward hedgerow

Painting is far more fun when I’m flexible enough to let a painting dictate where it wants to end up.  To view the grayscale version of the final oil sketch visit my other blog, Third Time Around.

En plein air, oil on gessoed birch panel.