my creative resolution

Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Autumn Tree

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I told you I was into trees! Trees and leaves! For this piece I started painting, very wet, with watercolor. After the painting dried (a little) I went back and added more color and some leaf shapes. When that was completely dry, I started drawing, in ink, the shapes of the leaves and the lines of the bark. Then, I added more color.

I love the style of this. It is so fun to doodle in ink. You kind of go into a trance where you are half paying attention. Sometimes it takes a little bit, but eventually I find my groove. I find it helpful to add the ink while I’m watching TV!

There were a couple of parts of this piece that were bugging me, so I did a little retouching in Photoshop. I don’t normally do this. I’m a Graphic Designer and spend a lot of time using Photoshop. I prefer to keep my art “handmade,” but I loved this piece and had to fix those nagging issues.

My steps:
I need to start clamping down my paper to a board or taping it. My paper buckles and the paint puddles.

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Here’s where I added more color and the hint of leaf shapes:
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Before computer retouching. I’ve added details in ink and more color:
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See more trees, trees and leaves!

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

7 thoughts on “Autumn Tree

  1. It’s a lovely fall tree!

  2. I have to say, I’m loving that you are finding your comfort zone. Photoshop or not, the final tree is really cool. I like the painting in the stage right before the ink. It’s really flowy and abstract. Loved it both ways! So much fun watching you create 🙂

  3. Thank you! I don’t know if I’ll be in a totally different place a month or year from now, but I do feel accomplished, like I’m finally getting somewhere. Have a great weekend!

  4. what a great chunky autumn tree! Love it. Nice character. Also nice to see your process.

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