I have been wanting to paint some tall, spindly trees for ages and hadn't realised there were two such gorgeous examples in the beautiful park next door to my home. Sometimes it takes years to take in one's environment! I photographed these recently and decided to paint them today. The work is basically a bit busy and I must learn to edit and work from large areas first and then develop the details at the end of the process. I also had difficulty with the yellows as they were just so transparent and weren't able to pick up the luminous leaves dancing and sparkling in the dark shadows so I mixed in a bit of white. It's probably worth saying that the sky did have that dramatic transition from dark to light - the values of the blues in the painting are not fabricated. However, I'm fairly satisfied with this one and quite surprised with it really as it was the first time I've worked on this ultra-elongated format.