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Paint this Aspen scene: Watercolor painting in 3 EASY steps

teacher avatar Christopher Clark, Professional fine artist and instructor

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6 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Aspen intro

    • 2. Aspen1

    • 3. Aspen2

    • 4. Aspen3

    • 5. Aspen outro

    • 6. Aspen bonus

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Watercolor painting, easy & fun! I show you step-by-step how to paint this lovely Aspen scene. Beginners welcome! Easy!

Watercolor painting can be easy and fun. In these short videos, I walk you through step-by-step how to create this beautiful autumn Aspen painting in about 30 minutes, using a minimal number of very inexpensive watercolor materials. This is the perfect painting activity to do with your children, your friends, your class, or by yourself with a glass of wine or cup of coffee. 

No painting experience required! Total beginners welcome! I explain everything in simple terms, and the steps to creating this painting are so simple you'll be surprised. Yes, you too can learn to paint beautifully in just 30 minutes. 

BONUS VIDEO! Watch from start to finish as I paint a variation of this Aspen scene with bright, fun summer colors. Just more inspiration to show you the infinite possibilities with this watercolor painting technique. 

So come paint with me and you'll have a great time. And you'll end up with a beautiful painting to enjoy for years to come. 

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Christopher Clark

Professional fine artist and instructor


I've been passionate about telling stories through art since I was a kid. In my home in Orange County, California, I used to watch Bob Ross (the afro-wearing painter of "happy little trees" on public access TV) and I would mimic his paintings using crayons. I grew up knowing that creating art would always be my life's endeavor. I was never fortunate enough to pursue a formal art education, but I've more than compensated by private study with accomplished instructors, collaborating with highly-esteemed local artists, and devouring countless art books and videos.

The art instructor who had the most profound impact on my technique was impressionist master Vadim Zanginian. Private study with Vadim in Los Angeles, California completely reinvented everything I knew about painting, and ... See full profile

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1. Aspen intro: Hello everybody. I'm Christopher Clark and welcome to my easy watercolor painting class, where in about 30 minutes, with very minimal and inexpensive tools and materials, you can create this beautiful watercolor painting of a fall Aspen scene. This scene we'll be doing today at something that requires absolutely no painting experience whatsoever. I will walk you through every single step of the way and show you how really easy it can be to paint with watercolor. That's something you can do with your children. You can do with your class, or it can do display herself with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and have a really, really wonderful time and created this lovely painting. So with all that said, let's get started. 2. Aspen1: Okay, and we're ready to get started here. We've got our material is laid out in front of us. Very simple. We've got our watercolor paper. My size I'm using is 11 by 15. And we have three kinds of brushes. We have a big fat brush from a medium-sized brush, and I'm skinny little pointy brush. Very easy, very simple. We've got masking tape. I'm using the blue tape just so it shows up better on the camera here. But of course you can use regular old off-white color masking tape. It's just like the one in stack, regular old to roll with it. And then irregular kitchen knife. And then here's our little palette of colors. These pilots are like $0.99 at the store. I'm colors we're using i've got a yellow, orange, red, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, and a black. I'm using the colors out of the tube. But you can use those little dried cakes that are laid out in this kind of assortment. Those work just fine too. They're both really the same. And then a bowl of water and then some paper towels here just to wipe stuff off at A2. So let's get started. We're going to first do our masking tape. I'm gonna tear off a piece and we're gonna do some trees here basically laying down. Just take it right on there, smooth it over a little bit and tear it off. He went to smooth it over just so though the watercolor doesn't get underneath the tape. And since they put one right here, put them at like slight little angles. Because trees are never very straight up and down. Here's another one right here. I'm just making this up as I go along. And then let's have one. Maybe they'll come together like a little bit of a little v, little fork. Let's make this up. Just call random. And they'll do one where we don't want too many of the big ones. We're gonna make smaller trees in a second. These big ones are like the ones that are close in the foreground. Okay, so now we're gonna make some smaller trees. We're gonna take our kitchen knife and we're going to very carefully. You can just cut right through the tape. They're just do a little bit of sawing action. And then kids, you know, and this is where your parents can do for you. That's really not that hard. You just cut a little bit. And we're just going to go one rotation all the way around to the other end of the table and have it cuts through a little further than, you know, more than one layer, that's fine. No big deal. There we go all the way around. So now take a piece off, you know, and if it doesn't quite follow it, that's fine because you know what happens. You get some random little tree shapes. Totally fine if that doesn't happen. Let's try it again. Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes we're using adult kitchen knife and maybe we should use some different. So here I'll put one right here. You'll have this for me that I won. And then yeah, if the edges a little jag and on one side and straight and the other, that's fine because these are trees and there, there's an element of randomness to them. Let's see. Here's a bit of tape right there. We'll get, you're gonna get some random pieces. Totally fine, because that's what trees do. Let's do that one there. Maybe we'll make an end a little early. I've got an extra piece. You know, if you get an extra piece, sometimes what you can do is you can connect it to another one. Maybe we'll even tear that off just to make it more fun. This is just masking tape. This is just going to cover the place where the trees are going to go. Sometimes you can tear off a little piece. Have you just make it a piece of a tree right there because they disappear into the foliage. Sometimes go up like that. And then let's say here, maybe I need to cut a little more. Come out. Let's cut a little more. Subtle, couple more trees to add. And this knife is not a serrated one. The little serrated one's cut this better. But it will show that you can still do this even without the perfect materials. And really it's not that important to have the utmost perfect materials. The random element sometimes works nicely to. Let's see, I'm gonna make one. We're going to start one behind this other tree. Maybe it'll go like that. Then let's grab another piece, almost done here. Maybe I'll finish this one. Come off like that. And let's just do one more. You don't want too many trees. Because you want to be able to see all the nice foliage in the background. Too many trees will distract from that. And basically just cover up your foliage. And if I could find the edge of the tape, that's the game. Sometimes it's fine that tape. There we go. And maybe we'll just finish this tree off right here. Very nice. And there's our forest of nice tree trunks. So when we paint over with all the pretty colors, we peel this off and then there'll be stark white underneath. Where are nice white aspen trees are gonna go. So the next step will be we are going to add some color to this whole scene. 3. Aspen2: Okay, we're ready to add some color. I've got my thick legal fat brush here coming to the water, gets some water on there. And then we're going to start with yellow. We're going to work away from the top of the picture down. So starting with yellow, sometimes you gotta wake up the color a little bit because even the color of the two, but it gets a little dry and pasty. So we've got some yellow. Okay. Good. Got some yellow in there. Just come and paint right over the tape. Just right over the process, the whole top. I'd say we're gonna make the upper maybe third is going to be the top foliage of the tree. So there's a bunch, a bunch of yellow. And this, you can really, this is where you really get to have fun. No painting experience required to smear color all over the paper. We're gonna get some orange. Just smear some orange on there. And while it's all still wet, it all blends together to make some nice fun color action here. Okay, and then it has this dries. We may come back over it and touch it up again. And we're going to maybe add a little bit of green. Just like a touch. And this is all optional. You know, you can do whatever you want. But this is maybe like if it's autumn, but maybe a couple of the summer leaves were like they're hanging on. They don't want to change it. Who wants to change, right? Even leaves don't want to change. There we go, a couple little spots of green. Maybe I'll wipe that off. And we'll come back and do a little bit of blue to the orange. Sometimes it can turn into a little bit of a brown. There we go. So you get some variations, just random color variations. What we're looking for here. That's good for now. We may come back and add that once it dries will touch that up a little more. All right, now we'll come back and we're gonna do as the trees sort of recede into the distance, it gets darker underneath all that foliage. So let's start adding some blues and some purples as, as these. As the tree canopy sort of recede into the distance. So dark blues and purples and we go and then a little bit of water, this is going to be pretty dark. See, I don't think you want to do too much water. I want this to be nice and dark. So coming in here. And then maybe it, you know, it's not just a straight bar, it does have some sort of waviness to it because these are trees and this is fully so some trees are taller and some are shorter. Get a little water just to keep that brush alive there. And don't be afraid to put some color on here. Slammed from color under there. And here we go. So this is the dark mist in the recesses of the forest and it comes down a little more there. I'm just making this up and you make this up, you make this Europe says your forest. You design it however you want. And again, once this dries, you can hit it a little darker. Watercolor, you can only get so dark the first time around Smith, we gotta let dry, come back, but it tries and like two seconds. So where we find, OK. The next part we're going to want to lighten our color again so that all this dark per bond there. So go ahead and rinse that off. Without piece paper towel, just wipe it off so it's not stopping what? We're gonna do some nice bright fun reds down here. So we get a little water, a little bit of red, maybe red and orange. So it's not like purpley read, but like an orange, fall, autumn, red, and come right in here. See how easy this is. The masking tape is doing a lot of the work for you. It's making the shape of the trees so you don't have to sit here and an outline go in-between each one. You can paint right over and have a great time. The tape do the work for you. And then I want to make this get darker toward the bottom because it's getting toward down towards the ground. So I had a little more purple and we will do red and purple. Now. There we go. It's, it's a little darker as it gets towards the bottom. Right and get all those little crevices and between the tape. And I got a painting right over the tapes. Don't worry about some people get real, you know, they have to go carefully around the edges, just go right over it because the tape is water resistant and it's keeping out all this color. When we peel back this tape and a second is going to be stark white under there. Just like lovely bark of these white aspen trees that we're doing. Make it a little darker on the bottom. Just for drama. When you have light and dark and art is called value. When you have a very full range of value, lights all the way down to darks. It's very dramatic. Ok. And as I say, we're going to go back and hit some of those other places with some darker color. So I'm going to wash off all the read out of my brush, squeeze it out paper towel. I'll come back and do some of these oranges and yellows again. And that Russia's kinda dry ish. And see how it has a little more color. Now that the paint is dry, I can stick some more paint right on top of it. And it will stay put when it's real, when it just clouds out everywhere. But I wanted to try, it'll stick a little harder. And then we can do a little more earthy, sort of earthy oranges toward the bottom. As it gets darker and on the bottom of the candy there. And we've been painting this for about six minutes. And look how much we've gone already. This comes together so quickly. Ok, very nice. Now I'm going to hit some are more dark purples down here. Like we said, we're gonna do just to darken this up a little bit. Now notice I'm not using black for this because yes, it's dark, but I want the darkest value to be those typical dark black patches of bark on the trees that will really bring them to the foreground. If you do too much black in the background, the foreground will suddenly be too dark and come to the foreground. The background, I mean, the background will be too dark. You don't want that to dark yet. Okay, that's looking pretty good. So there's our dark recesses of the missed. And I think that's about it for the that leaves let's watch this off real quick. Wash it off, set it aside. And now for the magic, Are you ready? Ready, ready. Here comes. Take your tape and very carefully, just peel it right up and look what happens. Look what you're left with. Left with stark white aspen trees, just begging to be painted. And you can just grab that tape anywhere. And you pull it off. Just pull it off carefully so you don't tear it. I mean, it's not the end of the world but you don't want to tear the paper or do it real gently. It'll, it will obey your commands. And now if a little bit of color is snuck under there, it's totally fine. Some people were real perfectionists when it comes to this, let me tell you, a painting is not a perfectionist activity. So if you're a perfectionist, don't worry. The painting is very, very forgiving. Especially when you're painting a forest, trees. Stuff happening all over the place. A couple more here. This one was a victim, was a two for both pieces there. And then one more ready? And there's our forest. So now all we gotta do is add a little bit of color to these aspen trees and our force will be completed and we'll be doing that next. 4. Aspen3: Okay, we're gonna take our medium-size brush to do little bit of color on these trees. They are white trees, but there's a little bit there in shadow a little bit. So we're going to add some sort of a medium grey colored shadow. Let's do some blue, some orange, and maybe some herbal. You want sort of a bluish gray color and we are going to want a little more water on this, not too much pain and just get right in there. And here's where you decide what side the light is going to come from. I'm going to have my light come from this side. So I'm going to paint more of the right side of the tree. Leave exposed. The other side. Say you don't do in their See I have more shadow here and more light here. That means if I do that for all of the trees, the light will look like it's coming from this way. Decide that now and then just make it consistent for all the trees and it'll be fine. Make it more paint. And if there's any color variations, that's totally fine. These are trees of nature which have random color variations in them. And also, if you paint a little bit outside the lines, don't fret. Totally. Alright. I'm doing that right now. Actually it was still looks great. The water where the paint reasoning is very washy. So if you get a little bit outside the lines, it won't show up that much. And plus it does adds a little bit to the random effect of what we're doing here. And see how quick that is. Go right over it. You don't need to spend a lot of time. You, there's some perfectionist painters out there who will just painstakingly and you can spend all the time you want to edit. I shouldn't say that. But you don't have to be super concerned about it. Painting can be very strange and mysterious experience for people who are new at it. But it really can be fun and freeing. Okay, this last tree, I'm gonna have this, watch this. We'll stop there and go behind C that I don't paint right through it because this one's going behind the other tree. So it stops at some point. So it has a little bit more and more depth effector. Okay? So there's the shadowing are trees. Now I want to make them a little darker towards the bottom. Because the light that we have a lot of light pretty NAS on top and toward the bottom is going to get a little darker. So I wanna make maybe a darkish, appropriately brown mixing a few Jared's and a few year purples. And this puts water and then movements a little much. Come in from the bottom and then go up a little bit on what are the top? Maybe about halfway or something. Just so it's a little darker toward the bottom. That'll add a little shadow, fun action. It's these kinds of variations that will add a lot of realism to your piece, even though it's a very simple sort of abstract painting, you have a couple of these. Little thoughts. And it suddenly adds a lot of character to a very simple design. Like character. Characters, fun. Remember going behind that one's not gonna paint all the way through it. And if you do, who cares, it's no big deal. This is your painting. Says Your World. There we go. Now we're going to add the atypical little chunks of black bark. So take your little skinny brush, scale, skinny brush there. And now we're going to hit some black, maybe some black and some purple together. I don't like to use just plain old black by itself because things usually have lots of other colors in them that we're not aware of. So any definite wanna get some color on here. This needs to be pretty dark, so you can get enough water to weight the color out, but this shouldn't be too terribly washing. And I don't want it to water either. Okay. Now you've got some paint on there. Just come in here. You can do some thick ones. You can do some real thin wispy ones. You can do whatever you want. I am going a little too much water. There we go. And this can be real random. These are aspen trees and then a lot of character. So I'm giving her some character. Some of them are thick and some of them are thin. Ok, there. See how quick that is and see how easy. This is fun. This is the fun part that'll accompany me. There's a whole bunch of little ones right there. And then maybe there's a few I mean, it's a big chunk right there because that was a big branch that fell off one day maybe. Okay. And then here comes this one. A few. And you know, you can find a picture of aspen tree is on the Internet. And maybe you can use that as an inspiration for where to put these, but they're really can be random. Thoughts. Come in and do, well, do this guy here. Couple, they're the ones that are further away. If you can have less detail, the ones that are closer, those are the ones that have more stuff going on. And I'm just making this up. You know, I looked at a picture of aspen trees once in my life so, and use that as a reference. Okay, here's some close ones. Will say this one's in the front. Couple there. Remember there is a big one, they're going to be a greater Fig one there. See how quick that was? Just a little mark. Maybe there's a whole bunch of wispy ones. Up here. Comes make sure you've got some paint on your brush. And then we'll do the one behind it. Big chunk, their little one there, or one chunk. Use go make this up. Is where you have fun and get creative. And utilities, aspen trees, his boss. And the boss. Let's see. There's a piece and sometimes there's a space where there's nothing running out of water to dry. Well, you can tell the difference in the strokes when the paint is really when the, when the brush is really dry or sopping wet, the strokes championed different sort of effect. So you can use that last one. Big chunk right there. I'm done any big chunks and wow, those are sorry. Okay, so there's our black little chunky bark. Now, wash off your brush, decently, dry it off in a paper towel. Now come in here and get some orange. Because there are some parts of the bark that are not necessarily Black to some orange variations. And these little, these little color variations or something you might notice right away. But as a whole, they really help the whole painting. And don't put as many of these. These are, these are fewer, which gets them more. And John, there aren't as many. But they really add a lot of character. Sub itself. Some scratching this, do a little closer. Everyone will watch out for water. Maybe we'll do a couple there. And guess what? We're almost done there. We can do we can add a couple distant sort of tree. That one is going to collect whatever colors I got here makes sort of a brownish, grayish color and we're going to add a few distant trees. Take your skinny rations, make some lines go down the page. Don't cross in front of your nice white trees. Just make a couple of lines. These are like the, the, the trunks that are far off into the distance. It's going to use whatever colors I got left. This doesn't need to be very precise. Color using C that just, just brush it along. Make a few strokes here and there. And before you know it, you have a finished Aspen forest ready to explore. So that was easy, wasn't it? We did our masking tape, we did our background colors, repeal that off and we get our nice fun tree details. And that's it, we're finished. So it looks very lovely, Nice work. 5. Aspen outro: And here we are with our finished painting. I hope you've had a wonderful time painting this a with me and I hope you have seen how really easy it can be to paint a beautiful painting with watercolors, but some very simple materials and just a little bit of creativity. Now of course, you can make variations on this painting. We did an autumn scene with some oranges and yellows and things. But you can do a spring time seen with more greens and pinks, or maybe a summertime scene with a lot more greens and yellows and things. So you can do whatever you want. It's your world, you are the creator. So you can have great time and tailor this scene, how everyone, I would love to see your finished paintings. So go ahead and email them to me if you'd like, at Chris at Christopher, everything spelled the normal way. And show me how you fared with yourself or your kids or your class. I'd love to see her doing already questions that you may have, anything at all. Feel free to email me anytime, and that's it. So thank you so much for joining me for my easy watercolor painting class. I'm Christopher Clark and I hope to paint again with you so. 6. Aspen bonus: Okay, and as a bonus video, we're gonna go ahead and do another variation on the same aspen tree design with some different colors. So you can see I've already laid out my tape. I tried to do a lot more little skinny ones as time. And only a call I did one great big one here. Just put two pieces of tape next to each other and then a couple of the regular tapes. And then I just cut some skinnier pieces of the tape. Basically, rather than cutting in the middle, eyes, cut closer to one side and use a little skinnier piece, that's it. One of them tour and a little pieces. I just put them all in place. So we'll see how that happens. I'm gonna do a little more of a, a summary scene here. So I'm gonna get a lot of yellow and it will have a lot of yellow and green. Wanna get a bunch of yellow. Much more than I did last time. We'll just start spectral on that. I might even leave some white areas maybe where there's some some shiny sky poking through. Lot of yellow. In fact, I'm almost out of yellow. That's how much yellow I used. So let me put some more on here. I'm just using these little tubes. I think the whole set cost $7. And they go along way, might use a lot, so I'll put a bunch on there. And you can also use, if you can get it off the end of the tube, you can also use, like I said, there's little cakes. They come in a little dried ovals like an assortment like that. Work just fine as well. You can't lay it on its back. Takes a little longer to get a lot of paid off because they're just really drive course. Rarely, rarely ink and a lot of that paint off of there. And here you can just do whatever you want. You know, almost go at random. There's no, there's no design here. These are trees and they're really random and an interesting. Okay, we'll fill in all the way down here and we'll leave some of this white, stark white paper that's as wide as you can get in watercolor is the white of the paper. And now we're gonna go ahead and add some green. This is the light green color that I've got. I'm just going to add some green here. Maybe a touch. I'm going to have most of the green at the bottom because this is supposed to be very bright summary scene. And maybe the other one you can, you can see that the bottom of the canopy and you can see through there then the distance where maybe this one, you don't, maybe this one or a little closer and you can see right into the leaves. Just goes up a tiny little bit. Yes, it's very green and yellow and lemony and bright and fun. And we'll add a little more green on the bottom. It might get a little darker and a little more intense from the bottom. At the top we'll keep it really area and really nice open games where the bottom we'll add a little bit of some dark blue. Maybe even a touch of brown because it gets a little thicker. At the bottom C, I'm not going out the top anymore. I'm staying toward the bottom. We'll say a little blue, a little bit of brown. And the paints all wet total still blend together. And imagine the brush you can do all kinds of. You don't have to only brush one direction. You can mash it and push it wherever you want work. We're really just concentrating on getting the paint on the canvas or the paper rather. It will do some brown right at the bottom here. And maybe just a touch of purple. Why not? Had some some drama? Maybe just a couple purple that little bit of purple and brown and just a couple of places like one there. Maybe where do where it's already really dark. It's yellow there leave that leaves some spaces where you, if you accidently left some, leaves, some of it, if it's already really dark, maybe make it darker. There we go. Very nice. Maybe. Okay, good. Let's watch this off. Maybe I'm going to come back and do a little more yellow on the top. It's a little too sparse or maybe I'll use my lower, my medium-size brush for that. Come in here and get some yellow could be fill in a little bit of this. So it's not, so they got that too much of the sky poke through. These are big tall tree, so they're gonna go up for a ways. Here we go. Very nice. And let's see, I think just for fun, I'm gonna do a touch of orange, but like just like the purple, maybe in one or two places, one place there could be a big patch there. Maybe I'll even drag the brush in a couple of places. And then let it sort of Schiphol about. You let the paint Do the Work. Lands where it lands and it will do interesting things. Sometimes the less involved you are. You know, we're just the monkey holding the paintbrush. And we go, that looks nice. Wash that off. Now we're going to take on or take off our tape. Tape. It's kind of a side here. Take this bottom one off. At the same time. Tape sticks to your fingers and you can't get it off. That's okay. I had a lot of little pieces, so those might take me an extra second. Tear all these off here. I got to find them all. And we go and look up already. So easy when you find something creative and you let the elliptic device due to work. Sometimes you're painting something and it really requires a lot of attention, a lot of detail, a lot of really hard work, and that's totally fine. But sometimes you find something like this. And you can let the device do the work on all these off. Get them stuck to your fingers. Fingers all fold paint. It's one. If there are a lot of time in your life where you can get your fingers all full of paint, then there needs to be some rethinking going on. One of the joys of life. They figured that out in kindergarten and we just forgot at some point. So now we're going to remember. Okay, now I think I'm gonna use my little brush again and we're going to get into the trunks. I think we're going to let's see, nice bright light will keep these. I got my, I got a dark blue here, but we don't want them too dark. I want these nice and bright. Maybe almost a little greenish. Let's see. I think we got some purple mixed in there, just announced turning brown. Gotta be careful what you got on your brush. Because you're trying to get a nice, warm, clean, pretty color and it mixes with someone else and it turns into a gross color. So be careful with that one. Say blue. We'll just go with blue foray now that'll be fine. I'm going to say I'll keep my light in the same direction as the last one. I'll keep the light on the right. Sorry, the the light directions coming from the left. Which means I'm going to put more paint on the right side of our trunks because the right side is going to have the shadow, isn't it? If the light is coming from the left, the right side has a shadow. Okay, there's that one. And see this alone will have that will go behind. So it's going to stop and when to stop painting. And I'm gonna come right there and pick it up again. There's a little piece. Get that a little more. Let see how quick this comes together. So easy, it's so quick. And not being a perfectionist. I'm just going for it. Just put the paint on the brush. I'm not worrying about coloring out of the lines. I'm just letting the paint do what it does. There are no mistakes here. Tend to quote Bob Ross now and then, but he said there are no mistakes or we don't make mistakes. You could just make happy accidents. And I couldn't agree more. This kind of painting, there's really no room for mistakes because they don't happen. Whatever mistake you make is going to make the painting look better anyway. Maybe it's better than what you might have thought of on your own. Like, oh, that was an accident, but boy, it sure it looks better than what I had planned already. Oops. They sometimes there's a mistake. But you know what, we might fix that will do that for my turn that into something. I'm gonna make the paint, the trees go a little darker at the bottom somewhere. Maybe add a little bit of brown and not terribly dark. I definitely want to water this up a lot. Maybe I'll dab a little bit of it out on them. So we're just bringing this up a little bit like that where Mr. tree forgot, sorry buddy. And the one that won the brush gets dry. It leaves sort of a nice call it dry brush means that it leaves some little tiny holes, gaps, little holes in-between places. Okay. Here's that mistake that I made. We'll turn it into a big piece of bark. What we'll do more of that later when I get some darker colors and I proceed and look so bad. It might be an interesting little feature that I wouldn't have thought of to put on my painting. But my painting did it for me. So thanks. Okay. That's Brighton area and fun. I don't have any black on here because I don't just don't happen to have any black on this palette. So I'm gonna make some purple and some brown. Those two will get really, really dark. And that'll dimension that the black might not have done. Okay. Typical aspirin features, that dark bark. Maybe there's some little skinny ones. There's a big fat one. The little tiny or ones. They have fewer because they're further away and they're smaller than the distance. Gotta big chunk, right? They're little bits here and there wrapping around the tree. This one is at an angle, so I'm gonna do my my little marks at an angle to here's this one I forgot. I don't forget them this time. I promise. This is nice and dark. These are pretty dark, so I'll go ahead and don't use a lot of water just enough to get the paint woken up and really lay that paint on hard. And see how quick this comes to life as a big chunk right there. I don't know why that was a big branch that broke off one-year little maybe as a whole bunch of little wispy ones right here. Get creative and do variations. Don't do the same thing over and over again. Every tree has its own little personality. And we have to let it shine there. Just like people freezer, like people. They all there for an ever own little personality and went to let them be what they are going to be. They've been doing a lot longer than we have. Big maybe there's one that's relatively close. So I'm gonna put some big giant chunks of this one, lots of smaller details. This bit, maybe this is a big piece of bark. C That wasn't a mistake. Made the painting better. Take the mistake and run with it. Almost done here. Ok. Maybe make some of these a little darker because they're real up close. And I don't think I had too much water on the brush. Very nice. Okay. I'm going to wash this off. I'm gonna come back and hit it with some orange. Just because sometimes the bark bark has some color variations like that. And orange works well. I'll do around. The other piece is just do a couple of S1. Don't go crazy with this orange color. Maybe just a few now and then maybe this one's got some bigger pieces and you can drive rush, don't get the brush to wet, maybe make some dry or marks. Just a few. And just like that, we have a new variation on our aspen theme. So there's our different version of this painting. You can lay the tape out in any order that you want, any design with the colors you can choose whatever colors you want. This is really more of a bright funds summary. Some are color scheme with the yellows and greens, dark purple at the bottom. And there you go. There's a little bonus version of this aspen.