This is a commissioned oil painting on panel. The subject of the commission was actually the bench, which is dedicated to my client's parents. She wanted to give them a drawing or painting of the bench as a Christmas gift because they are unable to get out to the area much any more.
I initially thought to work on a pen and ink drawing, but it seemed like it would be such a waste of the fall colors that were showing at the time. A great reason to do an oil painting!
I actually added a little more to this after this photo was taken: a small amount of blue-green glazing to darken the distant foliage behind the trunks on the right edge of the painting. I also used it to add some slight shading and definition to the trunks and a few other areas.
I am pretty pleased with the result. I'll take another photo of the real-real finished product and a few closeups to post later.