Our trip to the North Woods in the fall
produced an abundance of reference material. I will be painting trees for a long time. Inspiration is easy to come by when walking in the woods of Wisconsin.
Step 1-Start with an idea, close tree vs. distant trees. Throw in -catching the light. Sketch the idea into a pleasing composition.
Break it down into lights and darks
Still sketching the idea. I am holding myself back from using thicker paint.
It is a struggle I lost , some thicker paint did manage to sneek in there.
Step 2-Another battle - keeping the colors muted yet varied. Especially shadow colors I like it when they stay very muted. I varied the hues to add contrast and interest..
I went back in and muted the color again. This photo is a little washed out but it gets the idea across.