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Lifting the Aspen shapes from the dark underpainting, I wanted to vary the darks in a whimsical way. Adding sunlight makes the darks even more special.
While working with collage at a workshop in Creede, CO, we first went outside to sketch. I chose the branches of a low hanging tree for the pattern of the rice paper underlay. I went on to define the branches and the feel of water below with watercolor and acrylic.
This water color study was done to use the technique of lifting tree shapes out of a dark multi colored overlay. One goes on to lighten the brights with gouache and deepen and vary the darks with shades of purple, turquoise, and viridian.