Third week in a row I've missed my Friday still life group; so no progress on my plans for a large still life. Instead, I selected another of my photos from the 2007 Valentine's day snow to do this 6x9 painting. I confess I never really understood the pull of barns (or covered bridges) as a subject, but now I get it: it's the red! I'm still trying to figure out how to do distant, bare trees. These are as close as I've ever come to the ideal I have mind, which is--I'm sure you've seen these--those trees that are painted in a barest, pale dry wash depicting the fine, thick twigs at the end of the branches that give the tree its silhouette.