acrylic on Birch panel
Notes From MY Tree Journal
For a long time, I put far too much texture in my tree canopies. I finally learned that less is more when it comes to the canopy structure of trees. I learned to look at masses instead of individual leaves,putting more texture in the branches and canopy that comes forward closest to me. This gives more of a 3 D image without overdeveloping them. I look for the light source angle, the cool shadows and warm highlights on the tree, as well as the ambient light which reflects lots of other colors into the canopy. I study light and atmosphere when I paint trees.