12x16 oil on panel
A tangle of waist high gooseberry bushes have drawn my attention time and again as I have hiked up Volcan Mountain. They are thick in the shadow of the second rise of the mountain, just past where I generally sit in a meadow to rest my legs, have a bite to eat and watch the hawks circling on the wind rising from the valley below. Each month the gooseberries show off in a new and delightful way. Their thick, glossy leaves first shelter hanging blossoms that fuchsia fans would love, then in spring they produce spectacular yellow pods that develop a bristling brilliant crimson stubble. As summer's heat builds the pods deepen in color, turning red and then moving to a rusty brown. The leaves loose their luster, begin to look tattered and drop leaving arching canes to weather the winter.
Just another marvelous cycle of regeneration I've been following while hiking Volcan Mountain!
I more closely documented the steps in developing this painting than I usually do. Below is the sequence, covering about a month of elapsed time.
This time the finished piece is repeated here at the bottom, in order to make all the changes in each step more visible.