Last year it was warm in March and the cherry trees bloomed early and the flowers didn’t last long. One hot day they dropped like snow under the trees. I knew if I wanted to paint the Weeping Cherry when it bloomed I had to plan ahead for 2013. So I started working on this painting in Feb.
Then this year the weather stayed colder, cloudier, wetter and windier. I worked on the background a couple hours at a time on sunny days. I took my time drawing the tree and added more whips every time I put another glaze on it.
I came to a stopping point waiting for the little tree to bloom. Then I waited for spring impatiently for weeks. Finally the tree is blooming. The flowers were about half way open two days ago and I was so excited to finish the painting that I didn’t wait for the full bloom.
The other cherry trees aren’t blooming yet, but they’re not the same variety as this little grafted Japanese Weeping Cherry.
I took some shots of the painting showing the layers of glazes. They’re posted below stripping off the layers back to my underpainting.