I remembered a neat old tree from last year that I wanted to try to paint. I didn't find the exact tree, but one very similar. It was covered in poison ivy, but I left most of it off. I also wanted to make the focal point the interesting top area so painted that more like a drawing and left the bottom area very loose and abstract.
There is several hollow areas in this tree, and I enjoyed watching the red headed woodpeckers going in and out.
I had a specific frame to use for this painting, so I thought a thin tall shape would be a good way to capture this interesting tree.