Cedar Tree Trunk

12X16 inch transparent watercolor created with lightfast, archival materials


Bold lines and bright clean colors are central to this gestural painting of a cedar tree trunk and the main limbs. The subject is one of my favorite trees located at Indian Pines Park. I have always loved the way the bark of cedar twists and turns, giving the tree an ancient character. This piece emphasizes the overall shape of the trunk with the interesting “negative spaces” in between the trunk and branches. There is a subtle wash of fall colors that makes up the background.

Materials used: Arches 120 pound cold press 16 X12 inches and Daniel Smith Transparent Watercolors

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