Spring Serviceberry Study

Spring Serviceberry

Spring Serviceberry, Soft Pastel on Uart/Canson Board 9x12”

With spring just beginning to emerge here in Southern Ontario, I thought that it would be a great idea to do a study of a sparkling white Serviceberry tree which is a native tree or shrub in this area. There are several beautiful trees growing nearby and a few of the shrub form including one that grows on the north side of my house. The juicy red-black berries are just adored by the local bird population including my favorite pair of cardinals. It’s always a treat to look out the living room window see them sitting in the shrub devouring the berries as fast as they can before the bossy robin shows up to spoil their fun.

I found a beautiful picture online somewhere, probably Flickr, of a large specimen and decided to try a study despite the fact composition of the picture was less than impressive, hence the reason for this only qualifying as a study, that and it’s pretty small. I tried to use as many of the soft warm pink, violet and blue tones to make the white flowers stand out as much as possible without creating too much contrast. Once again this is Ludwig’s and Unison’s on Uart paper mounted on Canson Board.


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