9 x 12
This painting stayed true to my intentions. While the layers of foliage and the textures of tree trunks were exciting subjects, too, I ignored them as much as possible and focused on the light striking the middle ground shrubs and turning them a brilliant yellow-green. I sacrificed all of the interesting individuality of the trees (you can tell it was painful for me) and made them into a homogeneous mass. There were cool, purple notes in the shadowed trunks and that worked well to set off the warm, glowing area. Using a complementary colour scheme of purple and near-yellow, I was able to emphasize my focal point and the point of the painting.
I enjoyed painting the little flourishes of branches and colour changes within the mass of trees, as well as the negative shapes in the sky, but the painting has a strong, simple design that becomes clear when you squint at it, eliminating these small details.
I love it when a plan comes together!