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.
Sorry I haven’t stopped by in a while….but it is good to see you have been busy. I LOVE this one! Thanks for explaining how you did it. The center section is really lovely. I smiled at the killer heels that you sketched. I don’t think I would have ever worn heels like that. lol So far we haven’t seen any real signs of Spring here in NYC other that a quick moving snowstorm that almost melted before the following day was over. I’m happy just to see grass again. Happy Spring!
Thanks for stopping by, Joan. I always love your comments!