This is a ~Tale of Two Paintings~ both done from the same location one year apart. The pattern formed by this tree is what I wanted to show you, especially the negative-space shapes underneath it, that were only visible by setting down.
In trying to title this, I realized - including the sold ones and the in-progress ones, I could have a "Tree by the Waterside" series. For sure if I were a tree, I would plant myself by the shore. "In my own little corner, in my own little chair ~ I can be whatever I want to be." [Cinderella]
As you can see from the progressions, the headline throughout was the wily cypress [wily - full of stratagems, mischievously artful, using craft to accomplish a purpose]. The one I'm working on here, never developed a clear purpose. It had land, sky and sea, but in nearly equal parts. It's been in rehab for so long that it has lost the will to live. So I'll just show it in it's glory days - on the cover of the "Pelican", a touristy newspaper that's a cut above the "Mullet Wrapper". I do feel bad for it, losing it's way. Too much, too soon, I guess.
"Cypress" 11x14 Oil