Saturday, December 17, 2016

Red Maple

A watercolor painting of a Red Maple tree
Red Maple
Watercolor and ink on paper
Chris Breier © 2016
I was taking a stroll through the woods this past fall and most of the foliage was various shades of yellow and orange, but when I turned the corner I was confronted with this bright red maple tree–the color was extraordinary. I took a couple of reference photographs to paint from and I played around with different compositions. I settled on positioning the path so it would curve around the trees in the foreground and lead right to the red maple tree. Below are some photographs of it at various stages of completion. The original painting is for sale.

Three photographs of a watercolor painting in various stages
In progress photos of a watercolor painting.
Left- ink drawing
Middle-watercolor in progress
Right- finished painting

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