A drive to Nederland, CO for lunch inspired an aspen painting. Nederland is home of the frozen-dead-guy (Google it) , a fabulous carousel, and offers aspen views along the highway. The aspen are turning yellow and gold in the sunlight this time of year.
I had thought to use gold leaf (pun intended) but the dang stuff is so fragile! And it stuck to my fingers with static electricity. I tried putting it between two sheets of tissue paper and cutting out leaf shapes. Now I know why they sell foil "flakes". Plan B is to use metallic paint.
I started with an 8"x16" canvas, covering half with Cobalt Titanic Green and the other half with iridescent gold. I sketched a single aspen.
The gold I covered with thinned cobalt blue and removed some with a sea sponge. The trunk/branches were painted with shades of permanent violet dark. Lunch time! To be continued another painting day.