Hardy Live Oak

Hardy Live Oak, Painting
Hardy Live Oak
I created this oil painting on a cloud, humid day down in South Carolina. I was scouting a good painting location when I came across a live oak tree lit up by the sunlight piercing through the clouds, painting it with beautiful oranges, pinks, and purples. It was also surrounded by vibrant, verdant palm fronds and shrubs which contrasted the warmth of the tree very well. I decided to amplify the warmth emanating from the tree by limiting myself to using only a purple, orange, and blue gray on the trunk of the tree, and filling the rest in with a neutral gray. Then, I gave the palm fronds a rich viridian hue and made sure to cool them down so that the tree trunk jumped out at the viewer. As a finishing touch, I added wisps of Spanish moss on top of the tree, to give its branches a more fluid and abstract feel.

Painting    14 x 22 x 1.5