9 x 12 inches, oil paint on wood panel Copyright 2009, John A. Brecht, All rights reserved
This is another summer-time painting of Hitchcock Woods at Aiken, SC. This depicts one of many trails that run throughout the woods. I paint there more frequently in the summer to avoid the intense sun and heat of the season. I have resisted posting this painting because I have a love-hate relationship with it. There are aspects to it that I really like. The light works. The pinky, purplish Carolina Longleaf Pine trees read well. The quality of the marks is appealing. What I don't like is the saturated color, though I was experimenting with that at the time, and the very tame composition. But then that is what I think. Others may feel differently and that is O.K. That is, after all, the magic of art.