On Thanksgiving Monday, we went for a hike with my brother-in-law and nieces. We came to this clearing, and I was taken by the contrast of the poplar grove tree trunks against the dark background, and the autumn colours in the foreground. I decided to try to paint a couple of small sketches to capture this scene.
Disclaimer: I should probably use a better camera than my phone for these progress photos! Sorry! I think it looks quite a bit better in real life.