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Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist and a Texas native. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and did post-graduate study in art at University of North Texas. Feature articles about her have appeared in Art of the West, Artists Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine (cover) and she was chosen by Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch." Cecy holds Signature Memberships in National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Outdoor Painters Society, American Women Artists and Plein Air Artists Colorado, and is a Fellow of American Artists Professional League and Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West. Several awards include National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Salon International, Oil Painters of America, National Watercolor Society and finalist in the American Artist Magazine Landscape Competition. Most of Cecy's work is done plein air, and she lives part of the year in Colorado where she paints outdoors daily.

Tip of the day: Aspens need contrast in a painting to stand out!

More contrast behind the main aspen helps make him the star!
More contrast behind the main aspen helps make him the star!

Sometimes your photos of aspens will not have much contrast, so you have to add it by adding some dark shapes behind the aspens. The background of this watercolor didn’t have hardly any darks in the photos I worked from, so I had to add them. Weave the darks through in an interesting and varied pattern. Another idea is to make the background a solid dark with variety in the darks. Even spatter or salt dropped into a wet background will add interest. Another idea is to suggest pine tree trunks and some reds or red-oranges (I like Burnt Sienna) for variety in the dark greens.