"Path Through the Birch Trees", Oil on Canvas Panel, 9x12, Plein Air, $75
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I went out painting at a friends house in Elkton, Oregon and really liked the way the path to their garden cut through this little grove of birch trees and other mixed conifers beyond. At the same time, a few rays of light marked the ground cover in the opposite direction. As the light was fleeting, I had to paint it quickly. I tried for 30 minutes and almost made it, running 5 minutes over.