Another collage from Creede, CO. Rice paper gives the branch shapes their texture and an overpainting of acrylic gold metallic defines the strong, whimsical shapes.
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.
This tall, narrow canvas lent itself to the wonderful Palo Verde trees that I loved from Arizona and Marfa Texas. There is a bit of gauze fabric to give texture to the tree branches. I then played with sunlight and shadow in somewhat fanciful colors. Purple shadows for contrast with sunlight is a favorite for me.