I have always been a student and an admirer of trees. Trees are tall or short, wide or thin, strong or weak. They are beautiful and haunting. Masculine and feminine. But the wonderful thing about trees is that they are what you see and make of them. You as an artist should study and sketch trees during all seasons.
Trees have an identifiable pattern to their foliage and a character of their own. Their trunks and branches grow in a distinctive pattern. Have you ever noticed how much color there is in a winter forest, or how a tree will lean away from its neighbor as it reaches for light and growing room? While you are outdoors drawing, study the trees in your vicinity so that in time you will be able to make a maple or an oak recognizable in your pictures without showing every leaf. Shapes will tell the story.
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