The changing colors of the trees has inspired me to paint some more “splatter trees.” Watercolor pigments are tapped off my brush onto the paper in a random fashion and then sprayed with water so that many of the droplets run together. After this is dry, I go back into the splattered shape and find where the trunk and branches of the tree should go.
The brightest colors are the masses of leaves in the sunlight and are closest to the viewer, so the trunk and branches go behind these shapes. Darker areas are leaf masses in the shadows and areas without color are the “bird holes,” (left so that the birds can fly through the tree without bumping their heads!) The branches go through these areas, making sure that they are connected to the trunk in a logical manner.