Acrylic on board, 9×12″.
Well, not really Bernie’s tree. I was trying to figure out how Bernie Fuchs did that amazing thing with light through tree branches. I didn’t quite figure it out — but I was pleased to get closer than I expected. I like that blazing sunset, too, even though it lost something in the scan.
Here’s the illustration I was working from, in the children’s book Ride Like the Wind, which Fuchs wrote, as well as illustrated. I wasn’t trying to copy the tree. I was trying to copy the technique as near as I could (while leaving out the horse’s butt).
I actually like the impossible shape of my tree better than his, but next time I’ll begin having already learned a few things. It would also help to have canvas and the right type of paint. But even without them I’ll do better the second time around.