Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lingering Winter

Our winter has been a long one in Iowa. We've had snow on the ground since November. Spring is just around the corner but winter is lingering. This is a small stream that snakes it's way across a field just west of Mitchellville. It's visible if you look just between the trees from the road and after a heavy snow, it really made a beautiful scene.


Saturday, February 07, 2009

Summer Shade

This is more of a study than a finished piece. I was intrigued by the dark shadows of this tree and wanted to see how dark I could go in the branches and bring depth to the tree.

Since the focus is on the tree, I thought I would keep it there by cropping the barn.
The image size is 5.5" x 7.5". I used 4B, 2B and F lead hardness.