I love to paint outdoors, and capture the feel of a landscape on site. This is a plein aire (outdoors on site) painting that I did awhile back of the trees at Atoka Lake in Oklahoma. I was fascinated by the textures of the lichen growing on the bark, and wanted to show it. If you ever go there, it really does look like this in mid-summer, lots of brown and ocher grass, very different from the lush greens of West Michigan.
No mosquitoes there, either. But I do love the cool summer weather here, and how beautiful and green it is.