I am posting the progress of my Manzanita project on Instagram and decided I should post it here also. 

This is 3 days progress, about 10 hours of work. I observed  the tree over a nine month period, sketching, drawing, doing color  and value studies. Then came hours of drawing and improving and another full value study. Finally transferring to good paper. The tree lives at U.C. Berkeley Botanic Garden


I am using a palette of Caran d’Ache Pablos, Aubergine, Indigo, Dark Carmine, and English Red with some CD Luminence comparables, Perylene Maroon and Russett. Burnishing with Faber-Castell Ivory and Irojiten Cedar Wood.

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  • “I would like to paint like a bird sings.” Claude Monet