Silver Maple in Early Spring – Progression
Silver Maple in Early Spring

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The graceful, complex structure of the Silver Maple is the center piece of this painting.  I painted the tree first so that I would not lose even one twig from my sketch.  Of course, this meant that the background had to be painted between the twigs and branches, a very time-consuming and tedious task.  But I made the task easier with a trick.  I waited until the twigs had dried and then I scraped over them with my knife loaded with the color of the background, thus filling in between the twigs and leaving a brown line where the knife scraped along the twigs.  If you look closely you can see where the twigs are almost submerged in photographs #2 and #3.

Then I refreshed the twigs and branches with another application of paint using the side of the knife.  And lastly, added the leaves.

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