Even More Ways to Lead the Eye Around in an Aspen Painting

“Ushering In Winter”
20 x 16″ Oil

In this painting, I very obviously used logs to lead the eye into the painting (lower left side and also lower left at the bottom) then up to the main aspen tree. However, I didn’t stop there – the logs lead the eye from the main aspen tree all the way back into the painting in kind of a zig-zag pattern.

The logs didn’t just “happen” – I planned them out carefully in my preliminary sketch, arranging and rearranging them so that they: 1. looked natural, like Mother Nature had just placed them there and 2. didn’t look scattered, evenly spaced, with no linkage to lead you anywhere. With all of this careful planning, I still had to take a couple of logs out because it was looking too crowded.

Sometimes simplifying is the best thing an artist can do!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Be sure to double-click on the image to enlarge. And stay tuned for my next post!

You may see lots of aspen paintings in all seasons on my web site, www.cecyturner.com, under Landscapes and also under Plein Air Paintings. Enjoy!