This original Oil painting Crepe Myrtle was inspired by walking a pathway lined with grey Scrub, She oaks (Casuarina) highlighted by Crepe Mrytle basking in the summer sun by my garden in summer when for the first time in five years my tree decided to bloom, gorgeous pink flowers at the back leading on to the creek. I have a great interest in mark making, where trees are represented by long marks, shorter marks are foliage and the occasional birds fly by. Pink is always in my local scenes representing the sandstone that this area of the Northern Beaches is known for. Tall grey Scrub She oak (Casuarina) line the pathway and the pine needles dry to a soft pink giving a welcome to early morning walkers.
My method when I come across a scene is to do a small sketch to plan my composition and colours, I then prepare a canvas and mark up certain areas to allocate thinned oil paint when this is dry I start to add thicker marks which offset the calm areas.
After several weeks off drying I varnish to protect the work and to give a soft overall sheen. All hanging hardware included.