Storm, Eucalyptus Tree ©2015 Katherine Kean
graphite 10 x 12 inches
I'd like to make this a larger painting. I've been working on small and medium size work the past three months. I work in the smaller space under my house in the summer. It's much cooler! Now that the days are getting shorter and aren't as hot, I've moved back into the larger space, allowing me to scale up.March Winds Charles Burchfield
I was pretty happy with this sketch until I decided that the tree is just too static. Considering the wind that's pushing all the clouds around it ought to be moving, or bending. I'm looking at these Burchfield and Hopper paintings for inspiration. I'd be happier if I can get the tree to have the same feeling of wind and energy that I get from these paintings.
Windy Day Edward Hopper
And then, just about the time I was wondering where to turn for inspiration, I got lucky.
The Santa Anas came. Above, a quick video of a neighbor's enormous Eucalyptus in the wind.
And last, a revised windy tree.