The Cool Dark Woods – Watercolor
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The sun was peeking through the window of forest. A cool mist still chilling the air, within its boundary. The rustling of the forest floor under my feet as I walk through the darkening forest, knowing once I break through the edge of the forest, new light and warm air, will be there awaiting. What amazes me is how much cooler and darker it is in a deep forest. I’ve been hunting before, when I thought, that I only had minutes to get to the car before dark, but once your outside of the woods edge, it brightens up and you actually have a lot of time before sunset.
Actually, I painted this friday evening while sitting next to the river, with no trees and bright sunlight, but I had seen a picture like this online and decided to try without a reference. I finished it in a few hours, and had concerns in the beginning, but by time it was finished, I was pretty happy with it. I enjoy painting along the river, it is so peaceful, and the people are wonderful that are on their walks. I even had a little boy, probably 3-4 years old help me do some of the leaves with a sponge. I love to allow little ones to help even if they ruin it, because it opens their and their parents eyes on what is possible if you just try it.
The painting is about 8.5″ x 11″ and is on 140lb coldpress paper, all in watercolor.