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“To every thing there is a season” . . . and the seasons are reﬂected most vividly inthe branches of the deciduous trees. Spring brings swelling buds, tender leaves,and blossoms that vibrate with the hum of insects. The beauty of renewed lifebeckons us out of doors. Some of us are clutching cameras and sketching tools. As spring slips into summer, the deciduous trees sheathe themselves in foliagecloaks.The variety of leafy hues is almost endless. On our painting palette, yellows,blues and ﬂecks of red are swirled together to produce olive green, chartreuse,emerald, viridian, and most everything in between. But alas, summer is ﬂeetingand before the oil paint is fully dry on our pastoral treescape, the fruit is ripeningin the orchard and the squirrels are gathering nuts. Autumn arrives with ﬁre in her hair. The trees reﬂect the radiant hues andexcite our senses with burning color. Eagerly we dab and swish into our favoritepainting medium, striving valiantly to capture the splendor of the fall scene.Subtly, leaf by leaf, the glory in the crown of the trees drifts to the ground.Winter glides in on a crystal snowﬂake and the deciduous trees bow before herunadorned. Each defect, twisted limb and textured length of bark is displayedfor us to contemplate and set down in detail. Pencil and pen move deliberately over the paper to suggest wood grains and knotholes. When our senses weary of grays and browns, the evergreen trees come to the rescue. This is their season of grandeur. They stand like noblemen, richly-clad green boughs stretched abovethe sleeping earth. They add life to our drawings and paintings as we work nearthe warmth of the hearth, whether in home or studio, and look forward to thecoming of spring.This book is about trees and how they relate to the landscape in all seasons.It’s a guide, intended to help you get better acquainted with trees artistically, soyou can relax and have fun as you sketch and paint them. Just as the seasons change, so do the moods and colors of the trees. There isnot one “perfect” medium or painting style with which to depict them. Therefore,within the pages of this book, you’ll ﬁnd leaf, limb and bark techniques in a vari-ety of mediums and styles. Choose your favorite or broaden your horizons andtry them all. If ﬁnding the perfect foliage and bark hue has caused you anxiety inthe past, the simpliﬁed color mixing charts included in each chapter and along-side each project will show you how to master the creation of color.I’ve heard it said that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees, but by increasing your observation skills and simplifying what you see, you can learn tosee both tree and forest clearly and paint them as well. I invite you to walk withme down the wooded path, through the seasons, and we’ll share the adventure of drawing and painting trees.