The northeast monsoon winds have come, and I can’t help but savor the cold breeze and watch with intent all those leaves and blooms falling gently from the trees. Yes, those are among my simple delights at this time of year. And while I’m trapped in all things pseudo-Autumn, allow me to share this watercolor series that I painted a few months ago. Trees are among my favorite subjects to draw and paint. There’s no doubt that I enjoyed doing these mini paintings immensely.
^ Before I began these paintings, I didn’t have a clear subject or composition in mind. All I knew was I wanted to practice negative painting and develop my own style eventually. When I started making circles, trees just came to mind. And it was then when I realized I hadn’t actually painted trees for some time! And what if I make them appear like they’re saying something in a very subtle and quiet way every time they change their colors? So I went on with the idea and referred to seasonal palettes. The green and yellow trees are supposed to represent Spring, and the purple and pink trees are for Winter. (I hope you could accept Winter trees in lush as I didn’t want them to look bare or petrified.)
^ This one obviously represents Autumn. I wasn’t too happy with how I drew the trees. They looked so skinny. I guess I lost the groove, because I did this a week after I did Spring and Winter. Nevertheless, I’m loving the yellow and orange colors blending with the brown background. Next time, I’ll have to incorporate the color red as well.
And here are a few progress shots:
The Spring trees were done mostly in watercolor. I used Sakura Koi to render this painting on 180 gsm watercolor paper (Berkeley). The trees were lined and slightly shaded with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. The white dots were made with a white Faber-Castell PITT pen. After everything dried up, I stamped the text blocks using Hero Hues archival ink.
The Winter trees are my favorite. I like how plump the trees look (despite the season being, ahem, Winter.) The colors are divine. I just love to combine indigo with blues and purples. These colors seem to exude calmness and encourage introspection. I used Van Gogh and Sakura Koi watercolors to paint everything and lined the trees with Inktense pencils. All done on 180 gsm Berkeley watercolor paper.
The Autumn trees were painted with Sakura Koi watercolors and lined with Inktense pencils. I’m showing you a photo of the raw negative painting. I remember doing this in the wee hours of the morning. My husband was out of town and I kept waking up and getting out of bed to check on our doors and think of things to do while the kids were asleep. It’s quite a struggle to paint under artificial light, but there’s that sense of peace when you spend some alone time in the dead of the night (and at home, of course.)
And in case you’re wondering about the Summer trees … well, I’ve yet to make them. :o) For now, it’s just these three seasons that make this watercolor series.
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