How do I design and connect aspen tree foliage?

"Fall at Its Best" Plein Air Watercolor 15x11"
“Fall at Its Best”
Plein Air Watercolor
15×11″

The foliage in “Fall at Its Best” might seem random or even “like it was” in nature…but it’s not. Rarely when I’m doing an aspen painting on location is the foliage in any kind of design that holds together. It’s usually “all over the place,” so I have to force it into some kind of design. We’ve discussed good shapes before, but how do we connect those shapes?

If you look closely at the foliage, you will see a curve to it that resembles a C curve that leads around and connects behind the trees. It's subtle, but it's there. This is one way to connect the foliage.
If you look closely at the foliage, you will see a curve to it that resembles a C curve that leads around and connects behind the trees. It’s subtle, but it’s there. This is one way to connect the foliage.

The C curve leads around from the middle section of the painting to the top. This is just one of many ways to do it. Stay tuned! And, don’t forget to click on the painting to enlarge. And…Have a Happy New Year! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. See more aspen trees on my web site, www.cecyturner.com.

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