This tree portrait represents an experiment with “focus”. Inside the enlargement, I used both opaque watercolor and transparent watercolor initially, then highlighted using a brush pen. I blurred the background branch by scribbling over it with white china marker, and I drew over the outline of the foreground branch and blooms with the marker also. Then I added a blue transparent wash over the entire background, which fuzzed things up quite nicely. A few touchups with transparent watercolor and .03 Pitt Artist’s Pen, then I added the quick sketch of the entire tree as it appears outside my kitchen window. The final touch was to spatter pink paint from a toothbrush on the blossoms – next time I think I’ll use thicker, brighter spatters.
Sunday was a blustery day so the petals are now scattered all over the neighborhood. In another few days, they’ll be soggy, brown memories of their former pink glory. Time marches on.