A small study of reflection and light on gently rippling water was a neat color palette.
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.
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.