I’ve gotten to know Sandy Allnock a bit and admire her art from Urban Sketchers Tacoma. Today she did a demo at Daniel Smith about painting watercolor trees. She has an avid following on social media and her on-line classes.
She always starts with the sky and goes on to paint the lightest greens while the sky is still wet. This gives a soft edge. The reference photo is on the iPad at right.
She related a quote from a teacher concerning painting large and loose so as not to get caught up too early in the details: paint the dog and not the fleas. So she uses a brush that is a size or two larger than what she thinks she needs.
As the painting was nearly finished, she got down to the “fleas”: adding in some details of bare trees.
The finished painting
Some of her other paintings which include trees.
She’s teaching a workshop on this subject next weekend but I understand it’s full. I would highly recommend it, though, if you can get a spot! Some other examples of her paintings are at that link, too.
I’m hoping she teaches painting water, such as streams, ponds, lakes, ocean. I didn’t sign up for Trees soon enough but I’ll be sure to not make that mistake again.