Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dormant Tree

A watercolor painting of a tree at Island Park Williamsville NY
Dormant Tree
Watercolor (QOR watercolor on Arches Rough)
2.5” x 3.5”
Chris Breier © 2015
The original painting is available.
This tree can be found at Island Park, clinging to the edge of Ellicott Creek.

It was important to complete the sky first and then paint the tree over it. If I were to rework the sky after the tree was painted, I would risk picking up the muddy colors of the branches. The transparent nature of the watercolor makes it difficult to cover up mistakes–which can be frustrating. However, it also makes you a better painter because you learn to plan ahead and figure out more efficient strategies for layering a painting.

This is the last of the Artist Trading Card paintings, I'm returning to regular size. You may be interested in my other watercolor paintings.

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