Saturday, December 29, 2007

Painting Trees

Royal Poinciana
7 x 10 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
Miki Willa
We have some great flowering trees in Hawaii. There are golden shower trees, plumeria trees, African tulip trees, and the Royal Poinciana. This list is not complete, but these are the most prominent. My husband took some great photos of a large grouping of these trees, so I thought I would try a very stylized approach to doing a tree portrait. The trunks of the trees are very clunky and hard to represent accurately and believably. When they are in full bloom, there is very little green. Next time I paint this tree, I will put it more in context with its surroundings.

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