With COVID came a few unfinished lesson plans. This painting started as a fall scene with deciduous trees. After it sat in storage partly painted (due to closing the gallery), I went back over it and exaggerated the beach. It took over from there! No resistance from me either. I got carried away with adding larger tree trunks, bark, and pine needles (all created with a knife), which added interesting contrasts to the smooth brushwork in the sky. The male and female cardinals were an afterthought because I wanted to add some brighter color back into the composition - which led to the dead needles to give it color balance.
Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Ready to frame
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