Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Old Companion

'Old Companion' . sketch . 7 x 5 . oil on linen panel
copyright © kay eneim

My first stab at painting 'en plein aire'... a looong time ago...

I decided then that I should start with an old friend... this old tree. It's more a sketch than anything, but I learned a lot, and I like it because it is of that old tree.
This dead pine tree has been a part of our lives for over 25 years now... it 'hangs out' at the base of the driveway amongst the ponderosa pines in northern Arizona. It is amazing to me that it hasn't collapsed or fallen and has continued to stand for so many years in spite of its tragic fate in the woods... who knows how many years ago... long before we first set eyes on it.