I love digging into my leftovers and doing small vignettes and this week I did just that.
This piece was inspired on a walk in my neighborhood. We have a walking trail that circles around a pond where there are several flowering cherry trees. The trees now are barren as the cold winds have blown all the dead leaves off. What I find interesting is the stockiness of these trees and the wide spread of the branches.
The wind was so cold the day I was out it made me think the snow will be here soon hence, I made this a wintery scene.
One of the things I love doing with a landscape is the gradation in the sky. Skies start lighter on the horizon and darken as they go up. This simple, gradual shift in value can make a big impact on a piece. Imagine if I had simply hooked one value in the background. Rather boring.