When I saw this little tree catching the light, I almost didn’t paint it. I’ve tried subjects like this before and they’re a pain – all those little green leaves against a backdrop of even more green tends to just dissolve into a unreadable mess. But there it was, begging to be painted – I had to give it another try.
So this time I approached it like an abstract subject – laying in the different colors and tones without paying much mind to what particularly I was painting – leaves, branches, background. It wasn’t until the very end that I picked out a few leaf shapes to define the tree itself, bringing it out of the background as the focal point. I like the painterly feel that this approach gave the final product – I’ll have to try it again sometime.