The Four seasons

I grew up in the Northeast where the year was marked by the four seasons. The yellow/greens of spring, the varied greens of summer, the colorful red/oranges of autumn and the cool gray/blue of winter was an ongoing yearly pattern. I miss the seasons (not the ice and snow!) and thought I'd bring them together in a new series of Aspen trees paintings. 

Below are the beginning stages in a 9 inch by 12 inch format on watercolor paper. I have the pencil drawing in place and the value study done.  I've figured out my color palette and am ready to paint! 

The notable changes in weather and light pose an inviting challenge to me. In the ensuing weeks I'll post the watermedia paintings as they develop and you can experience the four seasons with me!