I just completed a painting which you can see below in an early stage. Here, the landscape has been brushed in quickly.
As I continued, I brightened the sky and added details to the under painting. I decided to balance the composition by adding a limb so that the tree would seem to "pose" for her portrait. Here is the finished painting....
"Sap Buckets on Calendar Hill"
acrylic on canvas - 14" x 18"
Below is the photograph I took on March 17th and used for the painting. As you can see, the painting in its finished state, differs substantially from the photo. I was so tired of interpreting gray winter skies in my "Posted" series that I decided to crop out the background and change the mood with a blue sky.
There is a great advantage to working from photos. When it is too cold to paint outdoors, I can work in the studio and change the landscape to suit my taste. But I look forward to getting out to paint en plein aire soon as spring arrives and the weather warms up.