Sugaring off

The sap has started running in eastern Ontario and that means it’s time to make maple syrup. I find the buckets hanging on the trees are always charming. But the new blue tubing method is certainly easier for collecting the sap.

This was done, for the most part, while standing at a nearby sugar bush. I’ve got a good set-up now for painting while standing, and with practice the brushstrokes will get steadier.

Back home, I referred to an article by Shari Blaukopf in International Artist magazine on painting spring snow and intensified the shadows. But, the colour is only part of it. Observing and drawing the shapes is key.

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