The Edge of Spring

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pastel art painting of a cardinal in a sycamore tree

The Edge of Spring

Pastel pleine-aire painting of a cardinal in a bare Sycamore tree in early spring in Wilmington, NC by Rose Ganucheau.

A cardinal perches in a bare sycamore tree as red maples burst into bloom in very early spring in my neighborhood.  I under-painted the sky in watercolor and then layered the pastels over it to create optical blending in the sky.  Spring is always so dry here and the atmosphere is so clear.  We call the color of the sky "Carolina Blue".

Work:19 x 16,  Framed

Private collection.