|The Glory of the Garden: Japanese Dogwood|
A digital photograph taken with my Nikon Coolpix L120
While rain has dampened summer expectations, it has produced lush growth in the garden. The Japanese Dogwood, in particular, is enjoying the humidity and cool temperatures with a profusion of blooms. It isn't a big tree. It isn't showy. It is elegant. Eventually, the tree will form a roof shading the attrium entrance to my home. This is not a reference photograph. It stands on its own. In this case, nature's art surpasses any rendering I could produce.
To see how I was doing with If a Tree Falls, I checked it out in black and white. I was happy to see it was coming along nicely and was nearly finished.
Check the painting against the black and white reference photograph I'm working from:
Before I got side tracked by the beauty of the Japanese Dogwood after a morning rain, I ransacked the studio again looking for Burnt Sienna oil paint and FOUND IT! The find restored my opinion of myself.