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Step 1

This is an example of using the negative painting process to paint a sunny fall Cottonwood tree in Zion National Park. On top of my light pencil sketch I lay in very loose washes of color.

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Step 4

In this close-up you can see how I use bluish pigment to build the cast shadows on the trunk, which gives them shape and form. Notice how three-dimensional my branches are becoming.

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Step 2

I lay in the darker sky and background which begins to define the shape of the golden leaves. I am careful to leave the trunk area white, so I can glaze over it later.