As I continued, I brightened the sky and added details to the under painting. I decided to balance the composition by adding a limb so that the tree would seem to "pose" for her portrait. This is the finished painting, now exhibited at ArtisTree Gallery in their annual "Mud Season" show....
"Sap Buckets on Calendar Hill"
acrylic on canvas - 14" x 18"
Below is the photograph I used for the painting. As you can see, the background differs substantially from the photo. Instead of the gray winter skies of my "Posted" series I cropped out the background and changed the mood with a blue sky.
There is a great advantage to working from photos--when it is too cold to paint outdoors, I can work in the studio. As always, the landscape is open to interpretation. I look forward to getting out to paint en plein aire soon as spring really arrives and the weather warms up.