I have taken about a million photos of scenery we hurry past when my husband and I are on road trips. I'm always excited to view them later to select references for paintings but my photos are always disappointing. Telephone poles, bridge railings, the side mirror of the car, and sometimes I have no idea what I was thinking when I pressed the shutter button. But on our way home from Leavenworth, we came upon a road crew so we were completely stopped for several minutes. And there, right beside our car was a beautiful little scene: two trees, brilliant with sunlight and steeped in shadow - bright fall foliage and tall dry grasses at their base. Click!
I thought you might be interested to see the oil wash foundation for this little 9 x 8 inch painting.