This is a cabin that has been in my family since I was a child. Last month, I visited it with Mike and a couple who are good friends of ours. On the morning before our departure to return home, I began this painting. I particularly like to visit this cabin in October, as the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and the leaves of the Dogwood are turning lovely pastel colors.
Although the cabin takes up almost the entire canvas, the painting is about the morning light catching tree branches, cutting a swath through the ground cover and creating patterns on the surface of the cabin. The focal point is the left most pine tree, in that its brightness is the first thing that draws the viewer’s eye. Each quadrant of the painting has different values, and the painting contains a nearly a maximum value range for an oil painting, from dioxazine purple on the right edge to white, laced with lemon yellow for the tree highlights. The painting can also be viewed as a series of triangles. I can easily see a dozen of them.