However, at the same time, I also felt that this was completely out of my league. This was a subject of water and buildings and trees, something I had never mastered. I certainly gave it a try in Las Vegas with a class taught by Bill Bayer, a wonderful teacher who works in oils. In my first class with him I finally got my breakthrough in both oils and landscapes with a class he taught of an old tree on a path.
Here, I picked up where I left off last week and quickly started to add the foliage. My teacher made a comment about how I seemed to work from front to back. However, the background was already in place and I didn't want to mess with that in any way. It was dreamy, almost surreal enough and to do anything else would, well, contaminate the piece.
In my mind, it was that background of trees and sky and water wandering off in the distance that gave this painting exactly the depth I wanted. It made the buildings and water in the foreground grounded in time and place.