My objective was to do this painting in seven minutes. It took 22. I'll explain the seven minute timeline in a future post.
Critique: I had to spend far more time modeling the trees against the sky than I would have liked. One thing I learned to do, however, from close observation of the sky - paint a number of the branches in a darker version of the sky - the sky is always darker when peeking through holes in branches; a lesson well worth the extra fifteen minutes.
I hesitate to call these things postcards because Julian Merrow-Smith has been conducting his "Postcards from Provence" for over ten years. But, truly, that's what this is - a postcard from a place I observed that impressed me to the extent that I had to paint it. That makes it more than a snapshot doesn't it? It's something I send out that says - "Hey, look what I saw." And more than that. "Hey, wish you were here."