I have been working on some blue patchwork backgrounds recently. I have specific ideas for each. I finished one of them, which is pictured below.
A couple months ago, I was at Sabyl and Susan's studio, and Sabyl was working on a wood cut of some tree trunks and the stark simplicity of it was beautiful to me.
For days afterwards I was looking at the bare winter branches everywhere I went. I was a bit obsessed. When I started working on my patchwork backgrounds, I knew one of them would be of bare branches. I love the stark contrast of the trunk and branches against the bright blue sky.