Fall in Montana was exceptionally long, warm and lovely. Edd is outside every day walking his dog, hunting or fishing and most importantly; observing nature and sketching scenes that inspire him. Fall is one of Edd’s favorite seasons to paint because the deep orange of the foliage is a complementary color to Montana’s big blue skies.
Edd regularly gives himself new painting challenges and puzzles to solve and this Fall he made half a dozen very narrow rectangular canvasses. He has painted them both horizontally and vertically and the narrow strictures forced him to frame and crop scenes differently. Canvases with a narrow perspective also forced Edd to create linear movement with color contrast rather than his usual roads, fences and power lines. This painting, finished the first of November, demonstrates his unique and creative variable coloring of a Cottonwood tree to create texture, depth and contrast against the slice of background hills and sky.