Cardinal in the Sweet Gum Tree

In my new painting I wanted to try something a little different … a more intimate portrait of nature instead of my usual panorama. I don’t like to produce copies of my work, a purposeless process since no exploration is involved. No discovery. I try to create challenges for myself, and this painting was an attempt to do that.

The painting began as just branches, but seemed to lack a focal point, so I added the bird. I considered a blue jay, for its color contrast, but decided to stay with my red color scheme.

Insertion of the bird required alterations in the rest of the painting, so my brushwork isn’t as fresh as I might have wanted, but the overall composition is much improved.

What will I paint next? Can’t wait to figure it out.

Here it is:

Cardinal in the Sweet Gum Tree

Cardinal in the Sweet Gum Tree

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