This is a quick 9x12 done this evening from a snapshot taken while walking the dog this afternoon. Near our house, this unusual bog (for our area anyway) has been preserved and an observation platform built out into the bog along with educational signs. The color palette for this image was purposely varied from the dull winter tones that we have for much of the rainy season. This was done mainly for some quick practice with a reduced number of pastels set up for plein air - my first attempt using them. The background is a bit funky, but at least I tried to be looser than my tendency to provide way too much detail. However, I do like how the snag and the closer trees turned out. A critique on WetCanvas.com noted conflicting info about the light - the foreground evergreens appear backlit (rim lighting) but the shadows show the sun coming from the upper right. For some reason, this isn't too far off from the situation that actually existed there, although dulling down the shaded side of the tree somewhat would give a more believable depiction. It's tough to divorce my photography background from my painting approach - it's OK to change reality in painting, whereas in photography, you're generally trying to capture reality as accurately as possible.