Early May is full of yellow and yellow green leaves bursting out all over, shaking themselves out of their bud forms and reveling in the fresh air. There’s so much energy, and the question is how to paint that energy. The two small paintings above rely on layering and a spontaneous approach with the palette knife. I use lots of Winsor Newton Liquin to keep the paint drippy and still maintain substance. Both paintings are views looking up, but could almost be looking down into the reflections of sky and leaves I often find at my favorite woodland pond. Looking up – looking down – it’s all good. Enjoy.