I saw this leaf-less forest scene on Thatcher Road heading to Rockport, MA, and was inspired by the tufts of brown grass surrounded by a circular grove.
The left edge of the painting shows a view of a house and trees as seen from the ground level, with a cloud lingering above. The right side shows an aerial view of fields and streams, with the clouds floating below.
I don’t sign a painting until I consider it finished. I signed this one and went to sleep. That night, I dreamt of six specific changes to make to the painting – small things, but very particular. Make one of the greens in the corner more neutral. Make the circular shape in the center more triangular. When I woke up, I remembered all six changes and immediately made the changes to the painting. The painting had been merely acceptable; now it held together with consistency and without distraction, a serene representation of the scenery.