Years ago I saw a portrait of a lady whose hair was built up by flowers, it looked amazing.
It was the right time to try something like that. I wanted a dark background and a flat color one looked too boring, so I had to add interest by blending, dripping, and wiping; the background is much more exciting when you see it in person.
I sketched the shape of the tree and branches first and then fill it in one mark at the time, very therapeutic. Added contrast at the end with white ink in some areas. I like to see it from far away too, it looks like a foggy tree. I sure enjoyed putting this one together.
**Good news the show at Flying Apron in Redmond will be up through September. Open House will happen in September as well.