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Mountain Clouds

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The intricate pattern of twigs on the aspen tree is critical to this composition so I sketched them very carefully then, using the side of my knife, replaced the lines with shallow ridges of dark brown paint. When the ridges dried I was able to run over them with a knife full of blue sky color. As the knife scraped over the surface of the twigs it filled in the spaces between the twigs and allowed the twigs to stay visible.

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