I have always loved "Tree of Life" paintings. So I went out and bought a big 'ole canvas and sat down to paint one! I chose to use acrylics because they dry quickly, and I am impatient.
As always, I got my coffee ready first. Then a sketched an outline lightly with pencil.
I started with the background. I remember in high school, I had an art teacher who said "you should never paint with white". I paint with white ALL the time. Every time I squeeze that white tube I have to giggle. TAKE THAT!
I'm a lucky girl and have a buddy who sleeps by my feet when ever I paint.
Painting the background like this was awful. If I were to do it again, I would paint the background and then freehand the tree on top.
While I waited for the color background to dry I painted the background for another tree!
Never underestimate how pretty your palette can be!
Once the colors were dry I went in with a fine edged brush to paint to tree