Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Neighborhood Birch


Neighborhood Birch
Originally uploaded by linfrye
I've been struggling to get the branches of my trees looking more 'natural.' Some very good friends (THANK YOU!!) gave me a few suggestions -- so this weekend I practiced with a very narrow, synthetic brush, a bit of a twirl and flick, and then really studied the FORM and SHAPE not only of the branching, but the entire tree.

I used one of my neighbors birch trees for this study.

Again, thank you, dear hearts, for your help!!

10 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Great.......... perfect infact. You are inspiring!

Lorraine said...

Wow; I think you've gotten it down pat -- I remember Bill, my wc instructor trying to teach me how to use the riger brush -- he did it so effortlessly and when I tried -- ye gads and little fishes, I was a disaster. Your branches look like Bill's. Very well done girl!
Hugs,
Lorraine

Teri C said...

Not only did you make your trees perfect, the whole scen is gorgeous!!

Lynn said...

This is wonderful! It looks very natural and beautiful.

starrgirl's world said...

Nice study, Lin. I love your dedication to the craft.

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

I could spend all winter trying to perfect branches, Lin - I know what you mean. These are lovely, though. But why is it so difficult? I keep wondering about this. It seems like nothing should be easier, don't you agree?

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

This looks great, Lin!!
hugs, chris

Tami said...

By Gosh, I think you've got it!!!! Love the feeling of distance you've gotten with this large detailed tree in the foreground and everything else so distant and your trunks and branching are perfect!!!

I also think you did a wonderful job on the snow challenge. Where are you and Teri finding the challenges on Wet Canvas?

africantapestry said...

Great work Lin...I think you can feel chuffed about your tree...you've hit the mark!
Ronell

janabouc said...

Absolute perfection! I'm envious!