An Artist’s Guide to the Moon

In my Nature Notebook series, I take a look at natural phenomena and try to explore the science & nature facts behind them in order to improve the accuracy of my paintings. I am not a realistic painter by any means, but still, I feel like a grounding in natural reality is helpful even for … Read more

Nature Notebook: Elm

Welcome to a new feature here on the blog! In an effort to learn how to paint trees, as well as to learn more about them, I’m going to do a series of tree profiles, where I attempt to paint a tree, and provide fun facts and identification tips about that family of tree. I also love taking pictures of trees, so I have a large back catalogue of tree photos in on my phone which I can use to help illustrate the points.

I’m keeping the title general (“Nature Notebook”) to allow me to explore other plant or animal species as I see fit!

My first tree is Elm!

American Elm (Ulmus Americana): Winter silhouette, summer silhouette, leaf detail

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