Day 286 – The Tree on the Oconaluftee River 

My 101st post on my new blog. Loving WordPress. But I digress. 

Back to that tree. 

  I actually let friends in FB and IG vote if I should color this sketch or not. All the votes but one were to color so I did. 

This is an old tree on the banks of the Oconaluftee River that runs by the visitors center in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It was drawn with brown  de Artrementis Document ink and one of my Noodlers. Love that flex nib. In my Stillman and Birn Zeta. 

So here it is done. I started with the background first washing but with cerulean and dabs of spring green and viridian. The trees are all combos of indigo and burnt umber or raw Sienna.   I used some leftover greens on the big tree trunk. 
Trees in the background are streaks of greys. 

The rhododendrons are spring green and ultramarine with indigo for the darks.  I used a scraper to regain some of the lost reflections. 

Dirt burnt umber and splots of indigo. 

The river. Well like the rhododendrons that was a trial too. Splotchy blues and greens. Starting with light blue and darkening it down with darker blue. “Rocks” are indigos and greys. Usually you paint water lighter the farther away you get but I was trying to get down of it foamy hence the lighter areas of color. 

  Ps white gouache fixed an odd squared off angle on the right side of the legs tree trunk. What was I thinking!? 

Thanks for looking.