Under the maple tree - part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the maple tree.  I filled the bottom of the trunk with water putty to make a solid base.  I wasn't worried about it toppling over, but I didn't want the outer shell to crack if it were bumped or squeezed in the wrong way.

To achieve a good base color for the bark, I mixed Zinc and Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana.  I stippled the paint onto the tree to avoid leaving obvious brush marks.  After letting the paint dry, it was easier to see which areas were missed in the first go around.

I dry brushed some Zinc mixed with Mississippi Mud to highlight.

The lighter paint brought out the bark detail.  It looks solid and treelike, no?  :D

I like the slight bend in the trunk...seems much more natural.

Now, it's ready to sprout leaves!  :D

9 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
It looks awesome! Bravo!
05/30/16 @ 12:58
Comment from: Linda Ford [Visitor]
Love your tree....the colors are amazing and the bend in the tree is dead on...trees are not perfectly straight after all.
05/30/16 @ 13:14
Comment from: Claudia [Visitor]
Perfection!
05/30/16 @ 14:15
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]
As I stare at my maple tree as I write this....the bark is spot on! Looks amazing
05/31/16 @ 06:51
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]  
The texture of the bark is so realistic!
05/31/16 @ 14:38
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Great texture and color :D
06/02/16 @ 05:24
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
06/02/16 @ 10:12
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
Beautifully realistic and I can't wait to see it with all it's leaves. It's a wonderful specimen.
06/02/16 @ 10:23
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
06/18/16 @ 15:01


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