This is a plein air piece I painted in the woods this week. There were lots of trees in the background and leaves and twigs carpeting the forest floor. At first I had more detail in but when I stood back I realized I didn't want it - that it was taking away from the feel of the piece. Now it is simpler, but more dramatic. It's all about editing, right?
Here is a close up of the trunk in the foreground.
By the way, people often ask me what plein air means. It is simply painting in "the open air" or more commonly, painting outdoors.
12"x12" / acrylic on canvas
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