Falling: In Love
Beautiful Falling is from my “Up in The Trees” series. When my wife, Kathy, and I first married, we traveled quite a bit. Coming from Colorado, I have always admired trees. We photographed trees wherever we went. My process begins with photographs that I upload and digitize. I work with the images in a photo enhancement software to adjust placement, values, shadows, and contrast and compose a working draft. Most of the time I stretch and prime my own canvases. Next, I lay down the primary base colors of the selected image.
Why I Prefer Oil
I always prefer using oil paint to create my paintings, rather than watercolor or acrylic paint, since it dries more slowly. Also, linseed oil thins the different paint for mixing the perfect color. Hence, slower dry time allows more opportunity for blending and shading. Consequently, smells of oil paint and linseed oil fill my studio, sometimes located in the Great Room of our home. Finally, I seal the finished painting to preserve the integrity of the colors.
This particular tree is from Settlers’ Park just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Kathy’s parents are from that area and spent many holidays and summer picnics there. My mother-in-law, Barbara, is the proud owner of the original piece.