This is the time of year that those of us who love color wait for. I was inspired to paint this by one of the hikes I took into the national forests in and around our area of Utah. The Aspens were at their peak a few weeks ago and I have taken many photos of them. The locals call them Quakies because their leaves shimmer in the sun and reflect their golden color.
This was painted on a black canvas and I like how some of the black in the background shows through, giving the painting a graphic feel. When I was working in colored pencil many years ago, I often used a toned paper, sometimes much darker, as my support for the pencil, and I loved the look it achieved.