Saturday, April 17, 2010


Watercolor 11" x 15" Mats to 16" x 20"

I love the twisted truck on this tree growing by the water.  The time I spent on the preliminary sketch for this painting was not wasted time.  It would have been very difficult to paint in the twists and turns of  the truck without my sketch for reference. 

I masked in the branches and tree truck which extended into the sky and background trees.  This allowed continuity in the sky and background color.  Note that the ground is not completely painted, but many areas are left white; thus, allowing the contrast of the darker tree truck to stand out and drawn the viewer's eye to the tree. 

Watercolor tip:
To achieve a good contrast with the background and foreground and to emphasize the large tree, I avoided unnecessary background detail.  The soft haze of foliage in the background was achieved by sprinkling a little table salt onto the wet paint creating "instant leaves." 

Happy Painting!

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