I am trying to create an oil painting of a photo taken in Aspen, Colorado of the beautiful Aspen trees. In fact, while in Colorado, I got lots of photos to use as references for some terrific paintings. However, this first painting is giving me a bit of trouble. I should have primed the canvas first, or painted in a little blue sky to peak through the trees. The photo that I am using as a reference is above. Any suggestions??? No, you do not want to see the canvas just yet. I just completed a portrait of a co-worker and her two dogs. Unfortunately for her, the dogs look better than she does. I mean, she is a beautiful girl, but I did a better job of the cute little doggies. That is my deal, animals..according to Matthew and David, at least. They say that I am better at painting animals. I think they are right. Should stick to panda bears, dogs and cats, maybe. Fiddle-dee-dee. I placed an Amazon link to an Aspen tree poster so that you can see the beautiful trees, although the poster is in the fall..gorgeous, huh?