:) The title makes me smile, though it is completely applicable in more than one way at the moment!
I have a piece under way at the moment and I have seen a tree on it in my head, but I struggle to do trees. I have progressed to the stage that I can do a basic outline and then dab on some foliage and make it passable. But the tree in my head is a winter tree. With one red leaf. So I can’t disguise my tree ineptness with some dabs of my brush.
So I have been noticing trees (thankfully it is winter here and I have plenty of inspiration around me), and sketching trees. I still struggle. I think maybe I am trying to draw or paint too much, so I am working at stripping back the branches and the mess to clean up the lines somewhat, so it is less cluttered. I still have more practice to do.
For a while now, I have followed the Sunday Sketch people, and their sketches look incredible and a little intimidating, but this week I thought I would join in (because I am branching out…hahaha). And because this is my sketch book.
So I have some bad tree sketches (though not the worst, and certainly not the one that resembled an octopus more than a tree!), and then there was a technique I have been wanting to try, so I tried that out in my sketchbook as well. Drawing on tracing paper, then painting around the drawing and sticking it onto something. I had a background from some earlier playing I had done, so I stuck the tree on to that. I wonder if maybe my tracing paper is not the tracing paper used, because mine was difficult to work with, but that is the point of a sketchbook, to improve and try out new things, see what works and what doesn’t. I also wanted to play with the concept I have for my painting, which I am happy with still.
If only my tree shaping skills were a bit better…aaargh, back to my sketchbook! :)